Victorian Product Catalogue System

How the health supply chain of the future will look depends on the technology that will drive it.

The National Product Catalogue (NPC) acts as a master platform for medical product data to communicate standard and accurate price data electronically to Australian health departments and private hospital providers. The NPC is a major health technology initiative that through providing a master source of electronic product data will achieve a number of benefits for the health sector and diverse patient outcomes.

In Victoria, the Victorian Product Catalogue System (VPCS) is now available to all health services with unrestricted access to HPV contracts. Now a step closer to a truly common catalogue for the health sector, the VPCS is critical to ensuring data quality and integrity for health product and pricing information.

VPCS fact sheet for health services

Guide to National Product Catalogue Clause

As the health sector embarks on supply chain reform, this system is crucial to ensuring that health product and pricing data is streamlined. The VPCS will also play an important role to supporting health services to make procurement decisions more easily through having central access to a range of product and pricing data.

The VPCS is critical to ensuring data quality and integrity for health product and pricing information. It now contains 34 HPV agreements and approximately 315,000 contracted and non-contracted items from more than 460 suppliers.

For contracts loaded into the VPCS, all health services now have one-stop access to:

  • Product and pricing details for a range of HPV contracts
  • User-centric functionality that allows health services to create favourite views of their data
  • Side-by-side comparison of items including information gathered during the tender process

To access the VPCS, health service users must have a valid HPV website account. To register for a website account, go to our homepage and select 'Register'.

HPV agreements (contracts) available in VPCS

Code

Agreement

HPVC2016-108

Biopharmaceutical - Infliximab

HPVC2015-060

Beds, Mattresses, Patient Trolleys and Treatment Chairs

HPVC2016-009

Continence Management Products

HPVC2013-073

Contrast Media and Non Radioactive Kits

HPVC2015-071Cranial Neurosurgery Prostheses & Associated Consumables
HPVC2014-070Defibrillators and Associated Consumables
HPVC2017-123Dental Consumables
HPVC2015-051Drapes and Clinical Protective Apparel
HPVC2016-018Enteral Feeding and Oral Nutrition Support
HPVC2013-019Examination and Surgical Gloves
HPVC2016-124Hand Hygiene, Disinfectants and Chemical Products
HPVC2017-086Heart Valve Replacement Products
HPVC2015-005Hypodermic Needles and Syringes
HPVC2016-055Infusion Pumps
HPVC2015-045Interventional Cardiology
HPVC2016-061Interventional Radiology
HPVC2013-079IV Access Devices and Admin Consumables
HPVC2016-021Monitoring Products
HPVC2017-057Operating Room and Wound Drainage Consumables
HPVC2014-047Orthopaedic Prostheses
HPVC2017-042Pathology Consumables
HPVC2012-059Peritoneal Dialysis Products
HPVC2016-058Pharmaceutical Products and IV Fluids
HPVC2013-074Radiopharmaceuticals
HPVC2014-015Respiratory Products
HPVC2017-126Spinal Prostheses
HPVC2015-010Sterilisation Consumables
HPVC2016-050Surgical Dressings, Tapes and Bandages
HPVC2014-036Surgical Instruments Open and Laparoscopic
HPVC2015-016Sutures, Skin Staples and Tissue Adhesives
HPVC2016-046Trauma Implants
HPVC2016-076 Ventilators
HPVC2016-109Workplace Supplies
HPVC2015-027Wound Care Products

How health services use the VPCS

For Terry Hoy, Supply Services Manager at SouthWest Healthcare, the VPCS is a gateway to procurement decision-making. 

As a member of the VPCS Senior Users Group along with more than 30 other health service representatives, he has helped shape the development of the system specifications and key functionalities in collaboration with HPV.

"We have been able to access product and pricing details for a much broader range of products in one system. It’s made it much easier to do pricing comparisons for similar products and identify where we may have potential savings opportunities. Previously, we held product data across a myriad of spreadsheets and it was hard to track and access information, which meant analysis was often time-consuming," Mr Hoy said.

"The VPCS is already making a tremendous difference to how health services access their purchasing data and remove a lot of the manual effort currently required. As future system functionalities are released and more products are loaded into the system, we will get even closer to a truly common catalogue for all health."