Waitemata offers Oracle purchasing to other hospitals

Waitemata is planning to share its Oracle 11i financials and purchasing system with other district health boards.

Waitemata is planning to share its Oracle 11i financials and purchasing system with other district health boards.

Robin Skeggs, chief operating officer of healthAlliance, the company which manages services shared by the Waitemata and Counties-Manukau boards, says the system, introduced in 1999, has grown sufficiently that between 95% and 98% of all purchases are made directly by staff, without going through a purchasing officer.

“There’s a catalogue in the system that lists all items, their price and the vendor,” says Skeggs.

Counties-Manukau is well down the track towards being in that position, he says, and when it’s there the two boards plan to offer other boards around the country the chance to share the system and cut out the purchasing officer stage.

The first to go on will be Taranaki.

“We’re doing preliminary planning [for that] and Taranaki should be on before Christmas, with two or three other boards next year.”

The Oracle 11i system consists of more than 12 modules, and while complex, other boards which join the shared system won’t face the same situation as if they were implementing it from scratch, Skeggs says.

“We just need to connect people.”

The Oracle e-procurement system is separate from a medical supplies e-procurement trial embarked on by Waitemata and Counties-Manukau this year, Skeggs says.

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