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The GS1 Healthcare Reference Book is a compilation of case studies, with leading industry players sharing their experiences on how GS1 standards have made a difference in processes spanning patient care, traceability, eProcurement, automation, regulatory compliance and more.

The 2015-16 edition has just been released and includes a case study on the important work being undertaken by Bizcaps’ client HealthShare NSW.

NSW Health encompasses 18,000 facilities spread across 246 hospitals, processing 72,000 purchase orders a month from a catalogue of over 200,000 product lines.  Bizcaps Master Catalogue Information System (MCIS) was selected to enable the integration between the NPC and NSW Health’s internal systems. “The MCIS directly addresses our key procurement information requirement by eliminating the need for logging into a number of datapools to extract product and pricing information. MCIS provides this level of data automation and customisation,” said Valentino Bulaon, Manager Catalogue and Procurement Information, Business Procurement Services, HealthShare NSW.

The significance of this is acknowledged in the GS1 case study by Paul Broadbridge, Supply Chain Manager at the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), who said “The important work undertaken in electronic data validation, synchronisation and integration between the NPC and the Health Information Master File (HIMF) and related NSW Health procurement contract financial management and electronic clinical systems is of national significance as an exemplar of Electronic Healthcare Supply Chain Reform.”

NSW Health is now working with trading partners to improve and expand product information stored within its procurement systems and display product images and other digital assets, which can be published to HealthShare NSW through Bizcaps MCIS.

Bizcaps MCIS has dramatically improved procurement processes and patient safety by ensuring the right products are purchased at the right price, and delivered at the right time and place.

Read how Bizcaps streamlined procurement for NSW Health here and how NSW Health continues to benefit from its implementation of GS1 standards here.