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Applying GS1 Standards in Healthcare

Together, we're making it possible to follow drugs and medical devices from the manufacturer to the patient, improving patient care.

Hospitals are using GS1 Standards to ensure the reliability of data and optimise processes to reduce preventable errors, enhance Electronic Health Record management, support outcome-based medicine and comparative effectiveness, and provide transparency for better clinical and supply chain management. 

Regulators around the world are looking for better traceability of product for both Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices and the industry is leveraging GS1 Standards and the support of GS1 experts to prepare for and implement these requirements and to ensure regulatory compliance. 

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In today's changing landscape, healthcare providers across the globe must transform their processes to provide value, quality and safe care.

They must also work to eliminate waste and inefficiencies; achieve financial sustainability; and leverage information technologies to improve performance. 

Numerous studies have shown that automatic identification throughout the entire Healthcare supply chain, right to the point of delivery to the patient, is an extremely effective tool in preventing medication errors. However, global standards are needed for an effective and efficient roll-out of automatic identification systems in the healthcare sector, which provides a common set of data and data carriers for medical products at every packaging level, including specific guidance on selection and use of product identification keys, additional product and production data [for example; lot number, expiration date, and/or serial number (where applicable)], and data carriers. 

To find out more about how the adoption of GS1 standards can help organisations in the healthcare sector, please contact Siobhain Duggan  on 01 208 0679.