Cook Medical signs up to National Product Catalogue

Medical device supplier Cook Medical has added its product range information to the National Product Catalogue (NPC).

The NPC, hosted on the GS1net data synchronisation platform by GS1 Australia, is a single repository of product, pricing and healthcare data for all health industry product categories, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, catering and food services and cleaning products.

The platform enables the secure sharing of item master information such as product identifiers and descriptions, units of measure, package contents, product classification, pricing and related healthcare information.

Cook Medical works with leading medical research facilities, teaching hospitals and specialists worldwide to develop custom-crafted medical devices for healthcare providers. The company produces angiographic and interventional devices such as endovascular stent graft technology at its facility in Brisbane.

Cook Medical contracted middleware company Bizcaps Software to begin the process in January 2011. Bizcaps' CEO Rob Clifton-Steele said the project was signed off in two parts - the original work in July and the final section on 3 August – and has now gone live.

Moving Cook’s extensive product range into the NPC was an extensive and quite complex project, Bizcaps' project manager, Paolina Biviano, said.

“There were over 5000 products to be published with well over 30,000 associated pricing records for the various health authority contracts,” Ms Biviano said.

“Data had to be pulled together from three different client systems before being uploaded to the NPC.”

These client systems included a Navision ERP software system, a JBase database system and another internal system, Mr Clifton-Steele said.

“The software has the capacity to integrate with all sorts of back-end systems, such as SAP, Oracle and any others. It can take a feed of information from these systems, both originally and then in regular updates, validates and then transfers it to a Bizcaps catalogue hosted by Bizcaps Software, and then publishes it to the NPC.”

Bizcaps has also recently finalised a project for medical device company Mayo Healthcare, which distributes cardio-vascular and respiratory equipment, and is currently undertaking projects for Reynard Health, Italplast and Central Health Services.

It also recently helped private hospital group Healthscope to streamline rebate claims for prostheses under the Commonwealth Prostheses List (CPL), and has worked with ACT Health to develop a master catalogue information system (MCIS) that allows ACT Health to streamline its procurement processes through close integration of the NPC with its own purchasing information system.

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