While retailers are leading the way in leveraging the benefits of GDSN Major Release 3, industries like healthcare, are also finding the benefits offered by GDSN (Global Data Synchronisation Network ) and the Major Release extremely attractive. Especially with the industry’s needs around integration of Unique Device Identification (UDI) and trusted data.
The intention of UDI is to create a system to label and identify medical devices through their distribution and use. Device labelers must also submit certain information about each device to a global database. Though UDI is expected to improve patient safety and healthcare business processes, a challenge related to its implementation is Master Data Management. The healthcare sector is finding the benefits of GDSN and its ability to enable manufacturers, distributors and providers to share accurate product information electronically helps them meet that challenge.
GDSN. Ensuring trusted data for healthcare
Data quality and quality of care are intertwined. Better, accurate data ensures the right people, patients, healthcare providers, appliances and medical supplies come together at the right time. The healthcare industry is quickly realising how GDSN and the Major Release empower its supply chain to quickly share trusted data and meet this goal.
Ensuring trusted product data through GDSN also helps organizations like a hospital’s supply chain control costs and improve patient care. Patients are becoming more and more engaged and knowledgeable when it comes to managing their health. They have access to a wealth of online information about every aspect of their lives and expect the same from healthcare providers—helping them to make informed decisions.
“To grow or even maintain a patient base, hospitals must offer excellent services—consistently,” says Sandi Michel, Director of Supply Chain Systems and Quality, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) in the U.S. “A critical factor for a hospital’s growth is having the right product at the right time, in the right place for physicians to provide these services—something that is only possible with quality product data.”