An electronic procurement project at Waitemata and Counties-Manukau district health boards is due to go live this week.
Five major suppliers to the boards will start sending their transaction details electronically using a system from Sydney-based Pacific Commerce, says Cathy Frame, business solutions manager at healthAlliance, the body that administers IT for the two boards.
Frame says the project, announced in February and tipped to go live in March, got off to a slow start due to resourcing issues, but live transactions have been carried out recently and the five suppliers are set to proceed.
They are Baxter Healthcare, Smith & Nephew, USL, Rem Systems and 3M.
The system will go live at the Waitemata site next week and at Counties-Manukau in a few weeks.
Frame says the project, which will remain at trial level with the five suppliers until the results are analysed, has the potential to greatly reduce paperwork.
“It’s about being completely electronic for purchases and invoices; there’ll be no manual process.”
The potential for eliminating duplication and repetition is huge, she says.
Earlier this year Pacific Commerce managing director Andrew Gunter told Computerworld that implementation was done by Velocit-e, Carter Holt Harvey’s e-commerce consultancy, which synchronised supplier and buyer data.
“It involves identifying data formats and mapping purchase orders to suppliers’ electronic data; if they can create an electronic file, we can map that to the format of their electronic trading partner.”
Pacific Commerce performs the “translation” function and is providing communications links between suppliers and buyers, he said.