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Build begins on Victorian Product Catalogue System

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GS1net certified product provider Bizcaps Software has been engaged by Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) to build the Victoria Product Catalogue System (VPCS).
The VPCS will maintain the Victoria Product Catalogue (VPC) and provide reporting, workflow management, email alerts, data translation and data synchronisation. The system will populate the VPC by matching and merging product and pricing information from the National Product Catalogue (NPC) hosted on GS1 Australia’s GS1net datapool, with HPV contract information. The data loaded into the NPC by suppliers will feed into the VPC on an ongoing basis, eliminating the need for suppliers to provide data to both the NPC and the VPC.
Data of suppliers currently on contract with HPV is being loaded from the NPC into a basic test version of VPC by the VPCS Project Team to enable HPV to undertake data analysis, NPC compliance auditing and user acceptance testing. Once the VPCS goes live, suppliers will be alerted to any discrepancies via email and NPC system messaging. 
HPV’s Victorian Catalogue Team will continually monitor and maintain the data quality of the VPC, working with suppliers to ensure that all product and pricing information in the VPC is correct and complete.
Stream II of the project will see the product catalogue system rolled out to all Victorian public hospitals and health services during 2013/14. This rollout will provide hospitals and health services with VPCS functionality and enable them to synchronise their own catalogues with the VPC.
According to Megan Main, HPV CEO, the VPCS will deliver access to common, up-to-date and accurate product and pricing data, reducing management effort in Victoria’s health services and enabling broader supply chain reform. Additionally, it will achieve HPV’s objective of leveraging and improving the collective purchasing power of the Victorian Health Service by providing easy access to HPV-negotiated product and pricing information.

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