What can the U.S. learn about using data standards?

Ireland’s St. James’s Hospital is successfully tracking supplies

St James's LogoHealthcare supply chain operations in the United States face a stream of urgent, ongoing messages about standards adoption, standards usage, standards benefits and doomsday predictions of what will happen if they don’t apply them now, rather consistently for more than a decade now. This year offers no exception.

Here at Healthcare Purchasing News, we’ve been writing about this topic for several decades, keeping track of the ebb and flow of acceptance, adoption and then complacency before evangelism emerged again. Naturally, and most unfortunately, many healthcare supply chains here still haven’t made as much progress as they should, at least as much as their counterparts in Ireland.