NEHTA: New supply catalogue system for health services an Australian first

Streamlining supply chain management in the Australian healthcare sector is expected to deliver substantial safety and quality benefits.

This is now a step closer with the advent of the Master Catalogue Information Service (MCIS).

The MCIS is an innovative supply chain solution designed to increase efficiency through the reduction of product ordering errors and automation of inventory management processes.

The solution enables the ongoing data synchronisation of pricing and product information between buyer and suppliers. It assists users to speed up the business benefits to be fully realised in making use of NEHTA’s National Product Catalogue (NPC) and enable the efficient use of clean data for eProcurement and other processes that require this data in order to work effectively.

Ongoing external and internal data synchronisation that is not managed correctly creates a problem that is not easily solvable. Inconsistent, inaccurate business information within an organisation can then impact on critical business objectives (e.g. revenue, profit, decreased inventory shelf life, effective patient care, customer satisfaction etc). This problem is consistent across both private and public health sectors and can be addressed without duplicating the effort and use of multiple systems.

Currently being rolled out by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), the NPC is a common database for all pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare products to be used across Australia.

The benefits of the MCIS are vast:

  • Using the MCIS will improve purchasing and distribution processes, and the safety of patients, by ensuring the right products are purchased at the right price and delivered at the right time and place.
  • The MCIS will improve access by clinical staff to information about product availability.
  • Its use will enhance the ability of healthcare organisation to control the quality of medical products, devices and consumables used in the delivery of healthcare.

ACT Health taking the lead

ACT Health Services will be amongst the first to benefit from the new technology.

In an announcement made in June 2011, the ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Kay Gallagher was enthusiastic about the new medical supply and inventory system.

"The Master Catalogue Information Service (MCIS) is part of a national program to streamline supply chain management in our healthcare system," the Chief Minister said.

"All ACT Health services and hospitals will benefit from the new Master Catalogue Information Services, which is designed to increase efficiency through reduction of product ordering errors and automation of inventory management processes."

Industry collaboration

Industry collaboration is integral to supply chain reform in Australia. NEHTA’s NPC is hosted on the GS1 platform (GS1net) run by GS1 Australia a not-for-profit organisation that locally administers a global multi-industry system of product identification and communication for products, services, assets and locations.

The progress achieved in ACT Health is a result of a joint NEHTA - ACT Health initiative working with Bizcaps, the ACT Health solution provider. Together, these organisations are taking huge steps to streamline healthcare supply chain services across Australia.

Posted in Australian eHealth


0 # Michael Clare 2011-08-19 14:15
It does all those things .... really ? Or is it ERP systems and other software solutions that use the data to do those things - it's important not to inflate the promise beyond a reasonable level of credibility - the risk of disappointment is just around the corner.

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