NEHTA continues to drive Supply Chain uptake

With almost 300,000 uniquely identified products on NEHTA's National Product Catalogue, the next stage toward eProcurement is increasing the use of unique identifiers of locations in the supply chain.

The importance of expanding the network of Global Location Numbers to all suppliers and buyers in healthcare is critical for providing the tools to ensure delivery of the right products to the right client at the right time to the right place and for the right price. This ensures that all parties have the ability to benefit from efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced productivity and in turn continuity of care to their clients. To help achieve this NEHTA has released its Global Location Number Uptake Strategy.

NEHTA is also working closely with the small to medium enterprise (SME) market to drive supply chain uptake.

The NEHTA Supply Chain team is hosting an industry briefing on Wednesday 22 May 2013 for solution providers with applications to address the SME market. The solutions will be aimed at ensuring access to the National Product Catalogue and eProcurement for SMEs in the healthcare supply chain. The applications will address the needs of both buyers and suppliers and will follow guidelines created by the NEHTA Supply Chain team and the Supply Chain Reform Group.

A workshop will follow immediately after the briefing to address any concerns or issues raised and to further develop an industry wide Business as Usual approach to the use of NEHTA guidelines for eProcurement in the healthcare supply chain.

Attendees will include solution providers from a variety of Australian and international organisations and aims to provide significant benefit to more than 100,000 SME healthcare buyers and suppliers.

This in turn will increase adoption of NEHTA's National Product Catalogue and the number of Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs) in Australian healthcare. If you are interested in attending the SME workshop please contact Sean Smith, Senior Business Analyst Supply Chain at [email protected]. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Both the Global Location Uptake Strategy and Small to Medium Enterprise Uptake Strategy can be accessed here.

Due to the unsustainable increases in the cost of providing healthcare, all healthcare providers are searching for ways to reduce costs and deliver efficiencies in their businesses. Implementing global standards inside this Supply Chain reform eliminates the potential for order errors, counterfeit products, stock outs, excessive freight costs and laborious manual processes.

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