466481 Enabling Data Integration in Pharmaceutical Digital Supply Chains Using Ontologies

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Nikolaos Trokanas and Jagjit Singh Srai, Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Enabling Data Integration in Pharmaceutical Digital Supply Chains Using Ontologies

Nikolaos Trokanas, Jagjit Singh Srai

Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK

Pharmaceutical supply chains are becoming progressively complex and increasingly vital for all actors of the supply chain [1]. From suppliers and pharmaceutical companies to healthcare providers and patients, the benefits stemming from an integrated supply chain are numerous [2].

The ability to query all different systems involved in a supply chain network using a common ontology model would enable integration and also facilitate the utilisation of many diverse sources of information while improving visibility and traceability of information [3].  This approach would enable a single point access for querying all the systems while offering a common vocabulary therefore eliminating the heterogeneity between different sources [4].

The unceasing digitisation of firm’s operations has profoundly affected supply chains, leading to increased information flows, therefore creating an urgent need for efficient and holistic data integration across the supply chain.

In this work, we propose an ontological approach towards enabling data integration across different stages and levels of the supply chain ( REF _Ref450114776 \h  \* MERGEFORMAT Figure 1 08D0C9EA79F9BACE118C8200AA004BA90B02000000080000000E0000005F005200650066003400350030003100310034003700370036000000 ).

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The proposed ontological architecture consists of four levels:

               i.          Supply chain level: the physical supply chain enhanced by the use of digital technologies such as RFID, smart technologies, tracking devices etc.

             ii.           Information level: the legacy systems currently used across the pharmaceutical supply chain including databases, ERPs etc.

            iii.          Domain level: the level where different domains are represented using ontologies (local), offering common vocabularies hence eliminating any heterogeneity

            iv.          Top-level: the level that integrates the local ontologies from the domain level, offering a single point query that enhances visibility of the supply chain

This work is part of REMEDIES (RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply) project and the proposed architecture is validated via a number of case studies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.


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