EDI, originally designed in the context of "zero paper" to automate information processing and offer quick access to exhaustive and reliable information. 

In practice

EDI enables human involvement in information processing to be reduced, effectively making it quicker and more reliable. The rapidity and improved reliability of exchanges via EDI facilitates the exchanged information flows and considerably cuts processing costs whilst improving the security of transactions.

In concrete terms, a company can issue its orders, shipping notices and invoices via EDI; in other words, electronically transmit standardized electronic messages to its commercial partners' (suppliers and customers) computers, which will be able to automatically interpret and integrate the corresponding data into their respective information systems with no need for paper or human action. This process eliminates paper documents sent by post or fax and manual inputs by operators.


There are numerous advantages to using EDI:

  • Smooth and secure information exchanges
  • Improved information processing lead times
  • Less human involvement in processing data and therefore fewer input errors; administrative costs cut
  • Less paper used and therefore less archiving
  • All exchanges are traceable
  • Strengthened partnerships with your customers and suppliers


For more information : GIS ediFor more information on the EDi project of the health identity community: Edipharm