Victoria begins product catalogue build

Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), the organisation responsible for collective procurement for Victoria's public hospitals and healthcare services, has started building its state product catalogue system, with a production build due at the end of the year and a rollout to hospitals beginning in 2013.

The Victoria Product Catalogue System (VPCS) will maintain the Victoria Product Catalogue (VPC), which will receive product and pricing information from the National Product Catalogue (NPC), the standardised data repository that identifies medicines, medical devices, equipment and consumables.

The NPC is hosted on GS1 Australia’s GS1net datapool and uses GS1’s standard identifier, the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), as the unique primary product identifier for every NPC record. More than 90 per cent of pharmaceuticals and 50 per cent of medical devices and consumables worldwide have a GTIN assigned to them.

To populate the VPC, the system will match and merge product and pricing information from the NPC with HPV contract information. The data loaded into the NPC by suppliers will feed into the VPC on an ongoing basis, meaning suppliers do not need to provide data to both the NPC and the VPC.

ACT Health was the first to build a jurisdiction-wide product catalogue, called the Master Catalogue Information Service (MCIS), and the other states and territories are working on theirs.

An HPV spokesperson said the VPCS project team had this month started loading data for suppliers from the NPC into a basic, test version of VPC. Once quality assurance testing has been completed, the VPCS will be rolled out to all Victorian public hospitals and health services during 2013/14.

HPV has contracted Bizcaps Software to build the system. Bizcaps also built the MCIS for ACT Health.

Megan Main, CEO of HPV, said the VPCS will deliver access to common, up-to-date and accurate product and pricing data. “In addition, it will achieve HPV’s objective of leveraging and improving the collective purchasing power of the Victorian health service by providing easy access to HPV-negotiated product and pricing information.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Geoffrey Campbell 2012-07-21 14:58
How unfortunate that the initials for Health Purchasing Victoria have such a different connotation in the medical world!

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