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The GS1 Healthcare Reference Books have allowed
GS1 to compile an impressive set of success
stories and best practices from around the world
about GS1 standards implementation in the healthcare

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Bionnovation transforms its operations and achieves global growth with GS1 stand...

Headquartered in Bauru, Brazil, Bionnovation Biomedical is a Brazilian company that specialises in dental implants and biomaterials for the medical and dental markets. The company supplies distributors worldwide with innovative products and the latest technologies designed to meet the growing demands of their markets. Expanding into the U.S. and other important international markets, Bionnovation wanted to improve the distribution of its products as well as comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation. The company now uses GS1 standards to uniquely identify each of its dental implants and other products. As a result, Bionnovation has achieved end-to-end product traceability throughout its global supply chain, reduced order fulfilment errors to zero, improved productivity and inventory management, and further demonstrated its commitment to innovation for customers.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Optimising business operations with GS1 EDI business processes

In today’s healthcare market, competitive pressure, regulatory requirements and new ways of working are demanding that manufacturers and retailers collaborate more. In 2013, Coopidrogas started implementing GS1 EDI transactions in order to optimise its members’ business operations by lowering costs, increasing speed and improving accuracy and business efficiency. As part of its new process, Coopidrogas has adopted GS1 EDI-based documents such as purchase orders, shipping notices and receiving advices, and uses the Global Data Synchronisation Network™ (GDSN®) to update its master database.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Stryker’s GS1 standards adoption journey

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in orthopaedics, medical, surgical, neurotechnology, and spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

North Lisbon Hospital Centre optimises logistics for quality of care

The North Lisbon Hospital Centre wanted to optimise its logistics processes and more easily comply with the regulation requirements of INFARMED, Portugal’s government agency responsible for regulating all activities related to medicines and health products. As a first step, the logistics department assessed its suppliers’ use and associated quality of barcodes printed on medical devices and other products. Based on survey results, the North Lisbon Hospital Centre is now transforming its operations, working closely with suppliers to use GS1 standards that uniquely identify incoming products. To date, it has realised significant benefits for ease of compliance, traceability, improved productivity and reduced costs.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

OLVG transforms its stock management system and culture of care

After analysing its levels of stock and associated waste, OLVG decided to make significant changes in its stock management system. Using the Lean Six Sigma managerial approach, OLVG centralised stock management practices across its multiple operating theatres. With GS1 standards uniquely identifying medical devices, the logistics team scans device barcodes to easily capture information such as batch/lot numbers and expiry dates for the hospital’s stock system. As devices are used, barcodes are scanned to update stock levels. The stock monitoring system provides the team with products for re-ordering as well as products approaching their expiry dates. With the new system, OLVG has achieved full traceability of devices for highly efficient recalls, a 40 percent reduction in stock levels and significant savings in costs and wastage. And best of all, OLVG employees have peace of mind with complete confidence in their new standards-based system.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Using GS1 standards to improve EDI accuracy and achieve the perfect order

In 2011, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), Mercy Health (Mercy) and its supply chain company, Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), launched a collaborative initiative to fully automate their order-to-cash process to achieve the “perfect order,” implementing GS1 standards from manufacturing site to patient bedside. This end-to-end integration of global data standards—in supply chain and clinical processes—by a healthcare manufacturer and provider is a first-time accomplishment in the U.S. healthcare industry. Moving forward, the trading partners have continued to perfect and extend their perfect-order success, resulting in highly accurate and efficient processes with a continual focus on improving patient care. This review will provide an update on how the two organisations implemented EDI to achieve supply chain efficiencies and how their use of GS1 standards continues to evolve.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Valle del Lili improves patient safety with automated inventory management

The Valle del Lili Foundation (Valle del Lili) was founded on the principle of patient safety based on compliance with the five rights of medication administration—the right patient, the right drug, the right dose, the right route and the right time. The hospital continues to assure this level of patient care by continuously working to reduce risks and errors. With these goals in mind, Valle del Lili implemented an automated inventory management, using GS1 standards to uniquely identify and manage single-dose medicines and medical devices across its value chain.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

The Value of Trusted Product Data

At the epicentre of today’s changing healthcare sector, hospitals are pushing forward to provide quality patient care while faced with a number of challenges such as more regulations, new patient demands and rising costs.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Introduction: Safer, more efficient care starts with a simple scan

Today’s healthcare industry faces growing pressures as the number of patients accelerates and regulatory demands continue to emerge. All healthcare stakeholders are being challenged to eliminate errors in patient care while executing highly effective and efficient processes to control increasing costs.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Ramsay Health Care getting the benefits of using GS1 standards

Ramsay Health Care (Ramsay) wanted to improve the efficiency of its supply chain processes while leveraging Australian national eProcurement recommendations. To address this need, the health system has deployed a full suite of GS1 standards for identifying, capturing and sharing information to support interactions with its suppliers, including GS1 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards. As a result, Ramsay has increased both the speed and efficiency of its purchasing processes, strengthened the efficient operation of its hospitals and helped ensure the continuous delivery of quality healthcare. In addition, procure-to-pay processing costs have decreased by approximately 95 percent per transactional document.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

Indian government implements track and trace system for pharmaceuticals

For continued confidence in exported pharmaceuticals from India, the government wanted a mechanism by which patients and regulators worldwide could verify their information. With this primary objective, the Indian government’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) designed the Drug Authentication and Verification Application (DAVA) based on GS1 standards.

GS1 standards make it possible to uniquely identify, capture and share important information on these pharmaceuticals with regulators and patients, thereby further strengthening India’s reputation as a leading producer of quality and safe drugs.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2016-2017

GS1 barcodes on medical devices reduces stock and enhances patient safety

The procurement and management of medical devices in the Region of Southern Denmark were once manual tasks with the inherent risks of errors leading to stock outs or obsolete products. The region has now implemented a digital inventory management system, using existing barcodes on the products. The system automatically registers Global Trade Item Numbers, lot number and expiry dates, providing an overview of products in stock, the order in which products must be used and automatic write-downs and reordering of products from manufacturers. In addition to automating the product management process, the system assures doctors that the products required for each day’s surgeries are in stock, thus reducing the risk of postponing surgical procedures while enhancing patient safety.