GS1 standards are implemented by countries around the world to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
The UK Department of Health published an eProcurement strategy which sets out a range of measures to enable transparency and efficiency in the English National Health Service (NHS) procurement to help support patient safety. The strategy estimates that hospital trusts can save £1.5bn by the end of 2015-16 by taking a cohesive approach to procurement based on global GS1 standards, national infrastructure and local systems delivery.
National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), the lead organisation supporting a national vision for eHealth solutions and initiatives in Australia, facilitated the development of a National Product Catalogue (NPC) which provides suppliers with a single mechanism to communicate structured catalogue data to many health customers. It also enables synchronisation of product and pricing data used for electronic procurement.