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- The eProcurement messaging suite is now being used by both public and private hospitals, healthcare wholesalers and suppliers with efficiencies being realised across the industry (procure to pay cycle, order entry efficiency/accuracy).
- ACT, NSW, VIC, SA and WA jurisdictions all have eProcurement capability with QLD and the NT working to provide this capability.
- There is continued work to drive uptake for eProcurement and provide support around healthcare specific business rules such as consignment stock/loan kit.
eProcurement refers to the electronic transfer of purchasing information by buyers and suppliers through supply chains. In the Australian healthcare supply chain, eProcurement processes utilise unique medicine, medical device and medical product identifiers (Global Trade Item Numbers or GTINs) and unique location identifiers (Global Location Numbers or GLNs) and related information held in the National Product Catalogue (NPC). The data follows international standards to ensure global alignment.
With standardised data provided by the NPC, eProcurement improves the efficiency of the purchasing process and reduces costs. Buyers and suppliers both benefit from eProcurement through reduced order errors, standardised catalogues, better product identification and greater traceability throughout the supply chain.
The Agency eProcurement solution is based on Australian Standard 5023 utilising GS1xml messaging. The Agency has written the Message Implementation Guidelines (MIGs) for the 5 key message types: Purchase Order, Purchase Order Response, Despatch, Invoice and Remittance Advice. The MIGs contain the technical and business rules to implement eProcurement between organisations.
Federated Hub ModelThe Federated Hub Model is an industry best practice approach to improve access to business-to-business (B2B) electronic trading for Australian healthcare organisations.
Messaging Structures and Syntaxes
Standardised eProcurement messages result in significant benefits for suppliers and providers.