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.
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'.
|Biopharmaceutical - Infliximab|
Beds, Mattresses, Patient Trolleys and Treatment Chairs
Continence Management Products
Contrast Media and Non Radioactive Kits
|HPVC2015-071||Cranial Neurosurgery Prostheses & Associated Consumables|
|HPVC2014-070||Defibrillators and Associated Consumables|
|HPVC2015-051||Drapes and Clinical Protective Apparel|
|HPVC2016-018||Enteral Feeding and Oral Nutrition Support|
|HPVC2013-019||Examination and Surgical Gloves|
|HPVC2016-124||Hand Hygiene, Disinfectants and Chemical Products|
|HPVC2017-086||Heart Valve Replacement Products|
|HPVC2015-005||Hypodermic Needles and Syringes|
|HPVC2013-079||IV Access Devices and Admin Consumables|
|HPVC2017-057||Operating Room and Wound Drainage Consumables|
|HPVC2012-059||Peritoneal Dialysis Products|
|HPVC2016-058||Pharmaceutical Products and IV Fluids|
|HPVC2016-050||Surgical Dressings, Tapes and Bandages|
|HPVC2014-036||Surgical Instruments Open and Laparoscopic|
|HPVC2015-016||Sutures, Skin Staples and Tissue Adhesives|
|HPVC2015-027||Wound 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."
Information for Suppliers: If you are a current HPV supplier please ensure the data that you publish to the NPC is accurate and current. Note: Suppliers only need to provide data to the NPC as it is the master source that populates the VPC.
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