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The Healthcare Item Data Lake is a searchable repository where Healthcare Sector Ready Data Providers can share information about their products with eligible Data Requestors
The Healthcare Item Data Lake is specifically designed to improve access to product data for the Healthcare sector that is published within the National Product Catalogue.
The Healthcare Item Data Lake will allow all publicly available product records to be searchable and accessible to all Requestors who register for this new form of access within the NPC. This removes the limitation of only having access to those products published directly to them.
It’s simple. The Healthcare Item Data Lake is just another “NPC Data Recipient” you publish your data to from the NPC. To help with getting your existing data into the Lake, GS1 has reached out to all Healthcare Data Providers with the option to opt in or opt out of the new service. Unless you have specifically opted out from publishing your item data, GS1 Australia will publish your Healthcare items to the Healthcare Lake from 1 July 2023.
If you want to manually publish content yourself, the NPC Recipient to publish your data to is “Healthcare Item Data Lake (Recipient GLN 9312345550425)”. Ongoing you should continue to publish any new items.
Most importantly, Pricing data in NPC is only ever published to the intended Recipient you have entered pricing for. Recipients do not need any pricing data so you should not enter any pricing. Regardless of whether you do, the Healthcare Item Data Lake only receives Item files, so we can assure you no pricing data is stored or accessible.
Only your neutral item data is published, i.e., no recipient-specific values you may have entered for item data fields are not published. Additionally, only items passed their Community Visibility Date will be able to be retrieved by Requestors. If an item has a future dated Community Visibility Date, that item will not be able to be retrieved, even if published to the Healthcare Item Data Lake, until the Community Visibility date becomes current or in the past.
Currently only text data is stored, no images are stored or retrieved.
Companies approved by GS1 Australia to use the Healthcare Item Data Lake to extract data are referred to as Healthcare Requestors.
To be eligible to become a Healthcare Requestor, your organisation must be a fully registered and financial NPC Data Recipient Subscriber.
To qualify as a Healthcare Requester, the organisation must be a fully registered and financial NPC Data Recipient. To be approved, a Healthcare Requester must additionally be one of the following:
(a) Federal, State or Territory Health Department or their related agencies;
(b) Private and public hospitals/clinics;
(c) Recognised healthcare product distributors or buying groups;
(d) Pharmacy chains or pharmacy buying groups;
(e) Recognised aged care providers;
(f) Recognised Healthcare solution providers* who provide value added services based on the data; or
(g) Any other healthcare product buying groups.
*A solution provider must either be a fully registered Data Recipient, or acting on behalf of their Data Recipient client, with the sole purpose of requesting the content for the end-use only by the Data Recipient.
It’s actually a different use case if you are creating 1:1 subscriptions in NPC with individual suppliers who have been made Healthcare Ready for a specific trading partner. In this case the specific subscription in NPC (as opposed to the Lake) will provide you with the product pricing and other items which may not have a Community Visibility date, or specific trading partner dependent values for some item data fields.
We would imagine that for some recipients, the use of the Lake is in addition to full master data synchronisation. For other non-previously implemented NPC Recipients, the Lake may provide a good starting point without having to have a list of specific suppliers publishing to you directly.
Publication of product data from suppliers into the Lake has commenced and will continue. As of late June 2023 there are over 120,000 GTINs in the Lake. By late December 2023, the expectation is to have added another 135,000 GTINs.
The current (as at June 2023) total number of Healthcare items (at all packaging levels) in the NPC is 471,591 - almost half a million items. Suppliers should be publishing all and any non-private label items, so the content in the Lake is destined to vastly increase as this occurs. GS1 Australia is assisting product suppliers with this exercise and encouraging their ongoing publication of product data as new products come onto the market.
The two have different uses. The BETA system is for limited testing purposes. It contains some test data (not real production data) and may occasionally be offline/down without warning, as it is not maintained to any service levels / availability schedules. Having said that, it can be useful if you just want to check your API connection and receive some data before using the Production system.
For more comprehensive testing, we recommend moving to the HIDL Production system. It contains real data in much greater quantities than BETA and is growing all the time. The Production data is much more comprehensive (more items, more attributes) and so for any integration programmes you may have, it would be the preferrable platform to use to test your ability to process real content. Of course, you may choose to feed the HIDL Production content into your own test systems before exposing them to your live environment.
By default, search results will return all matching items, including items flagged as "interim" or "distributor" items. This is new functionality being developed for NPC.
Interim items are those whose current data is minimal, later to be fully completed once the product is closer to being available on the market. The intention is to give visibility of products early in their lifecycles, even before all supply chain data is available.
Distributor items are items that have been published to the HIDL by a distributor, rather than the product sponsor or brand owner. The same GTIN may be published by both the product sponsor and a distributor, but the distributor publishes a subset of data I.e., only the data they control. You may not want to see repeated records for the same item so you can filter these out. However, you may want to see who distributes the item, as well as the full item data record from the brand owner/sponsor.