Cook Medical Case Study

Global medical device manufacturer transforms vision into greater patient safety with GS1 Standards.

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With worldwide manufacturing centers operating as separate entities, Cook Medical (Cook) decided to unify and standardize its business processes to better serve its customers and their patients as "one Cook Medical."


Cook Medical chose GS1 Standards, implementing Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs) to uniquely identify all of its worldwide products and locations. The company registered its GTINs and attributes in a GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®)-certified Data Pool for sharing with healthcare systems. The company is integrating these GS1 Standards into its processes for greater visibility while also leveraging them to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) ruling.


Patient safety is of paramount importance to Cook Medical. With GS1 Standards in place, Cook has improved the traceability of products as they travel through the supply chain for a highly effective track and traceability process. Internal benefits continue to emerge, including an improved customer-centric approach that enhances the Cook brand, and the promise of increased effciencies as more healthcare systems and suppliers adopt standards-based trade.

"For us, using standards is principally about making patients safer -- making sure the right product is delivered at the right time to the patient's bedside."

-- DAVE REED, Vice President of Operations and Healthcare Business Solutions

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