Unleashing the power of the GS1 of standards for mobile health

For more than 40 years, GS1 standards have provided companies and organizations with a wealth of benefits. Today, over six billion barcodes are scanned worldwide every 24 hours.

Yet, isn’t it possible to harness the power of GS1 standards and push them even further? Isn’t it possible to create even more value for all stakeholders, including consumers and patients by leveraging GS1 standards together with mobile technologies?

Many healthcare stakeholders are exploring additional ways to gain more value from GS1 standards and growing volume of data and information.

Medtronic, US, Bayer, Germany; F. Hoffmann La Roche, Switzerland; St. James’s Hospital, Ireland; and 121nexus, U.S. discussed using GS1 standards for a more connected, faster, and more efficient healthcare future.
Some are creating innovative ways to use data in the supply chain and in the hospital or pharmacy. Others are using a patient portal or mobile apps to put information in the hands of patients as healthcare moves from the hospital to the home.

The technologies needed to give healthcare providers and patients access to valuable information are available. Beyond hospital walls, patients will be empowered more and more to help manage their own health. They will be able to scan medications at home using their mobile phones to get administration instructions, real-time stock checks and be alerted of recalls or expiration dates.
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