30 July 2020

Common Catalogue refinement underway to assist busy health services

The Common Catalogue team at HPV has been working hard behind the scenes to refine testing and streamline implementation of the catalogue whilst health services are busy managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The implementation of a single source of product and pricing information will deliver supply chain efficiencies for health services and ultimately better patient outcomes. 

HPV has engaged with 21 regional health services to date and will soon pilot the latest user acceptance testing with three health services before progressing implementation across the state in coming months. 

The team has streamlined user acceptance testing for synchronising blanket purchase agreement items in the Common Catalogue with local health service catalogues. This synchronisation enables health services to select the centralised information they want to see. 

The team is also working with the Specialist Support Services Team to ensure the Common Catalogue works well with Buyers Work Centre, available to health services that use the financial information system FMIS, in order to further streamline health service purchasing. 

Finally, the team has been working with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a solution to allow the use of macro-enabled Office documents, such as Excel files.

These file types, which are used when performing bulk catalogue updates via the WebADI functionality provided in FMIS, were recently blocked by the implementation of security settings at health services. We are pleased to advise we now have an approved method that allows this functionality to be used safely and effectively.