News Items & Articles:
December 31, 2012, marked the sunrise date for the Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®). This is the milestone that the industry has been working towards to ready systems to use a global identification system that will allow everyone across the supply chain to consistently and reliably communicate information related to products. We crossed a symbolic bridge from the U.S. supply chain of "yesteryear," rife with countless proprietary numbering systems that wreak havoc in the U.S. supply chain, to a new era of visibility, efficiency, accuracy, and increased safety shaped by the implementation of standards.
Year 2013 brings a new host of opportunities and challenges in the supply chain. By resolving to make GTIN implementation part of your 2013 action plan for your organization, you are that much closer to having a nice, clean organized data house that will serve as a solid foundation for efficiency, cost reduction, and safety in the healthcare supply chain. Click here to access a list of "standards" resolutions and check back frequently to make sure that you're on track to meet your goals and commitments.
Reports, Pilots, Case Studies
- Data Standards Adoption Survey Report (PDF)
- Perfect Order and Beyond: BD and Mercy/ROi Achieve Far-Reaching GS1 Standards Implementation (PDF)
- Report on the Data Standards Adoption Pilot Project Conducted by Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL) at Washington Regional Medical Center
Standards Tools & Resources
- Provider Toolkits for GS1 Standards
- Hospital Checklist for Software System Readiness for Implementing GS1 Standards (PDF)
- GS1 Healthcare US Implementation Guide
- LRIM Tool (Levels, Readiness, and Impacts Model – free tool allows providers to run various scenarios for GLN and GTIN adoption)
- GS1 Standards Advocates
- GS1 Healthcare US Website
- GS1 Healthcare Reference Book
- Standards Sunrise Dates