When multinational medical device supplier Cook Medical wanted to list their thousands of products on the NEHTA National Product Catalogue (NPC), they tapped into the expertise of Australian middleware company Bizcaps Software. Bizcaps is an alliance partner of GS1 Australia, which hosts the NPC.
The NPC is used by Australia’s health supply chain for exchanging pricing and product information. Bizcaps Software has assisted many other health suppliers to publish their product data to trading partners, such as State Health Departments, via NPC.
Cook Medical works with leading medical research facilities, teaching hospitals and specialists worldwide to develop physician-conceived, custom-crafted medical devices for healthcare providers. Their Brisbane facility produces angiographic and interventional devices such as endovascular stent graft technology, as well as devices that are on the forefront of IVF technology.
Cook’s product range is literally a life-saving one, and protecting the integrity of the company’s product information during the transfer to the NPC was mission-critical.
The NPC, which uses international GDSN standards, holds information on up to 84 attributes for every health product record, plus an associated pricing record for each product supplied to a trading partner.
Moving Cook’s extensive product range into the NPC was an extensive and quite complex project, said Bizcaps Project Manager, Paolina Biviano. “There were over 5,000 products to be published with well over 30,000 associated pricing records for the various health authority contracts. Data had to be pulled together from three different client systems before being uploaded to the NPC”
Jithendra Nair, who is the Regional IT Manager Asia Pacific at Cook Medical, said that despite the scale of the project, Bizcaps ensured that quality was not sacrificed and the project ran smoothly.
For Mr Nair, having instant access to the Bizcaps specialists made all the difference to the implementation.
“Bizcaps helpdesk is quick and effective when addressing any questions even after the system went live,” he said.