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Healthcare industry connects with GS1 Canada

Hundreds of key healthcare stakeholders met with GS1 Canada during several key conferences across Canada, including: National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference, e-Health 2012, Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) Annual Executive Exchange Conference, and Congrès annuel de l’Association québécoise en logistique et en approvisionnement du secteur de la santé (l’AQLASS).

National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference
Enhancing patient care delivery and discussing leading practices was the top priority at the National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference in Toronto, held May 13-15.

GS1 Canada’s participation focused on the healthcare industry’s adoption of the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) for product identification, and Global Location Numbers (GLNs) for location identification. Used with ECCnet Registry, these globally unique numbers and related product attributes help support various business and clinical care functions that are critical to the safety and efficiency of Canada’s healthcare delivery system.

e-Health 2012
The 2012 e-Health conference provided opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to discuss electronic health processes, and to showcase interoperability, information exchange and innovation in Canada.

At the conference, held May 27-30, in Vancouver, GS1 Canada met with healthcare and pharmacy representatives from across the country to discuss healthcare innovation, and answer queries about standards integration and implementation efforts.

During the conference, Canada Health Infoway (CHI) provided their Infoway Standards Collaborative Bulletin, which announced four new Canadian Approved Standards; this included the designation of GS1 Canada’s Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as a Canadian Approved Standard for the identification of pharmaceutical (prescription and non-prescription) products throughout the healthcare supply chain. CHI works in collaboration with provinces and territories to transform healthcare through healthcare information technology. For further information, refer to CHI’s website.

Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) Annual Executive Exchange Conference
At the CACDS Annual Executive Exchange Conference, held June 6-8 in Montreal, pharmacy retailers and suppliers met with GS1 Canada to review their implementation status and the strategic priorities of the GS1 Healthcare Pharmacy Board. Domenic Pilla, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of GS1 Canada’s Board of Governors. Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, outlined positive changes in the Canadian Pharmacy Sector in a presentation entitled “Celebrating 50 Years of Caring for Canadians”.

GS1 Canada was on-site to support the pharmacy sector as they maintain the integration of GS1 Standards and ECCnet Registry into their operating and pharmacy care systems.

Congrès annuel de l’Association québécoise en logistique et en approvisionnement du secteur de la santé (AQLASS)
Hospital logistics and healthcare supply chains were discussed in detail at the Congrès annuel de l’Association québécoise en logistique et en approvisionnement du secteur de la santé (AQLASS), held June 14-15, in Orford, Quebec. GS1 Canada was onsite to provide industry with support and guidance as stakeholders in the province move forward to implement global GS1 standards and ECCnet Registries.

François Larue, Hospital Logistics Coordinator, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), spoke about the hospital’s ongoing upgrade to its logistics systems, and reinforced the role of GS1 standards and Registries in normalizing data in their angioplasty pilot project. Larue confirmed that CHUS will soon request that manufacturers use ECCnet Registry.

GS1 Canada will continue to meet with Healthcare and Pharmacy representatives to provide the information and support the industries’ need to optimize the performance of day-to-day business processes.

 

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If your healthcare organization would like an on-site or web-based presentation on how implementation of GS1 standards can help you create efficiencies, please contact Nicole Golestani, Manager, Healthcare Implementation at 416-510-8039 ext. 2513 or nicole.golestani@gs1ca.org.