AHI Overview   

The Animal Health Institute EDI Special Project was established to promote and support electronic commerce initiatives for distributors and manufacturers of animal health products. Overseen by the AHI BIC (Business Information Council) The year 1996 included the development of systems and networks, in addition to pilot implementations. In 1997, the initiative moved forward with more production sites and accelerated rollout to the distributor community. The rollout continued during 1998 along with manufacturer programs designed to use the information provided through the AHI EDI Special Project. 1998 also included the addition of Web functionality designed to enhance the administration of the project for distributors.

The initial project provides for a central clearinghouse, CSC, to process daily EDI transactions between distributors and manufacturers (using ANSI EDI standard formats 867, 832, and 816, or CSV files) to accumulate and distribute sales, customer, and product information (as shown in the graphic below). The project also provides a standard for the exchange of 850 purchase order transactions directly between distributors and manufacturers.

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Additionally, the project supports the creation of an industry-wide customer database using a standard Health Industry Number (HIN) Identifier with updates provided by distributors, manufacturers, and the Health Industry Business Communication Council (HIBCC).

Several manufacturers are active and supportive of the AHI EDI Special Project. These companies have provided the funding to develop the process, establish the networks, and build the centralized clearing functions for this industry initiative. Current manufacturers include:

Distributors are engaging the EDI project in increasing numbers. Over 160 distributors are in production today and more joining the project

For more information on the project please contact your trading partners. Additionally, you may contact:

CSC
John Bisacca
(913) 469-8700 ext. 3930


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