HL7 Supports GS1

Health Level Seven International (HL7) has re-iterated its support of GS1 by joining more than 50 leading healthcare stakeholders from around the world in signing an endorsement paper that supports the adoption of the GS1 System of Standards for Healthcare as the global standard best suited for the healthcare supply chain. Brussels, Belgium and Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 14th October, 2013

HL7 LogoGS1 and HL7 took another major step to improve global healthcare at GS1's semi-annual Healthcare Conference October 1-3 2013 in San Francisco, CA. The two organisations renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to reduce medical errors and to increase the effectiveness of the healthcare supply chain by having GS1 President and CEO Miguel Lopera, and HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe sign an extension of the agreement to join forces to achieve these goals.

"GS1 is pleased to continue joining forces with HL7 to combine the development and adoption of GS1's global supply chain standards with HL7's standards for the interoperability of health information technology first and foremost to improve patient safety around the world," said Lopera. "The integration of GS1 supply chain standards and HL7 standards used in healthcare data exchange, storage, and retrieval have been and will continue to be critical in lowering healthcare costs from manufacturers to patients as well as improving patient safety," said HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe.