GS1 Standards at a Hospital—A Roadmap for Implementation

By AHRMM

In order to become data-driven organizations, healthcare providers need to leverage data standards and information technology. In the past, lack of standards across healthcare has been a major roadblock. However, numerous governmental and industry initiatives pursuing the adoption and implementation of supply chain standards across health IT systems are giving providers the opportunity to do just that. Standards lay the foundation for supply chain operations to leverage information technology to help transform healthcare providers into data-driven organizations.

However, benefits cannot be realized with just any data; rather, they hinge on clean, standardized data that is sharable, linkable, and searchable. Having quality standardized data in the item master file provides a solid foundation for provider systems that not only reduces costs and waste, but also promotes quality of care, patient safety, and physician and nurse satisfaction.

This on-demand webinar focuses on an implementation roadmap for hospitals to adopt GS1 data standards.

How this Session Relates to the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement: There is an opportunity for provider supply chain operations to leverage established standards to drive process efficiency in their operations. GS1 Standards like the Global Location Number (GLN), Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), and Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®) can transform supply chain operations into highly efficient departments. Use of data standards can help reduce order discrepancies, invoice errors, and shipment errors associated with the unit of purchase, and improve invoices and shipping notifications. They can facilitate and help in effective recall management, track and trace initiatives and effectively help in improving patient safety and quality.

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