Federated Hub Model

The Federated Hub Model is an industry best practice approach to improve access to business-to-business (B2B) electronic trading for Australian healthcare organisations.

The Federated Hub Model specifies the way in which business-to-business (B2B) electronic trading service providers should interact when exchanging electronic procurement messages. This model is based on the messaging standards defined in the Agency eProcurement Solution.

The Federated Hub Model is commercially important for companies operating in the healthcare supply chain, particularly as they begin to enter into commercial relationships with eMessaging service providers (hubs). This model has been in place in a number of other industry sectors for many years and aims to ensure equity of access to eProcurement by all organisations.

The framework of interoperability is based on:

  1. Organisational – roles of parties (e.g. buyer, supplier, hub)

  2. Informational – baseline document for B2B trading (e.g. buyer MIG)

  3. Technical – connectivity between organisations

All hubs wishing to provide services to healthcare organisations must meet the Agency specifications. This means they must currently support the Agency / GS1 XML or will implement the interfaces and message types indicated in these standards without variation or customisation.

Fundamental Concepts of the Federated Hub Model

All hubs wishing to provide services to healthcare organisations must meet the Agency specifications. This means they must currently support the Agency / GS1 XML or will implement the interfaces and message types indicated in these standards without variation or customisation.

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  • Healthcare organisations should provide suppliers with a single hub connection point.** Suppliers and healthcare organisations will connect directly from their own internal systems, or via their preferred hub provider, to exchange electronic messages with their trading partners.

Suppliers or healthcare organisations should not have to connect to their trading partner’s hub in order to exchange eProcurement messages with that trading partner. **

  • Hub providers shouldn’t charge interconnectivity fees. This is called hub interconnect.** What this means is that healthcare organisations and suppliers should only be charged connectivity and electronic messaging fees by their own hub provider.

The Agency specifications do not allow for hub interconnectivity fees. **

  • Healthcare organisations and suppliers should form commercial relationships with hub providers who provide services which best suit their business needs.** Any hub providers who currently support the Agency / GS1 XML, or will implement the interfaces and message types indicated in these standards, are considered appropriate.

The services provided by these hubs may vary; therefore, it is advised that healthcare organisations and suppliers engage with a hub provider whose services best suits their business needs.