The New GDSN Major Release Provides Trading Partners Ability to Better Manage Included Attributes

In May of 2016 it is planned that GS1 Global will roll out the latest version of the GDSN communications protocol and data set by moving to the application of the major update with the acronym MR3.

The GDSN Community as a whole determined that the list of attributes associated with even the most basic of products had grown to be almost unmanageable by both data providers and data recipients. MR3 now provides for a very short list of mandatory core attributes but allows for individual trading partners to set the exact list of attributes that they will use and exchange.  As one head of a major Canadian Healthcare Provider group stated in a presentation to industry, “Why do I want to receive hundreds of attributes when I can only handle fewer than 20 in my ERP application?” MR3 now addresses this very issue.

The GDSN certified data pools around the globe have adjusted their interchange protocols in order to handle this new, very flexible but highly accurate method of ensuring that trading partners are exchanging exactly what they need and only what they need.

Commport has been MR3 ready for several months. see more on this here

 

Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) Launches GDSN Initiative

As the entire Canadian Healthcare community moves towards a completely digital supply chain, supported by the use of the GS1 GDSN for clean, accurate and timely data, Quebec joins the movement by requesting GDSN product data from vendors.

Having determined earlier that a very high percentage of purchase orders created and released by Quebec Healthcare Providers contained errors that were the result of poor quality Item Masters, and that processing these orders added significant costs to hospital ‘back offices’ the decision has been made to use the GDSN to help clean and maintain accuracy of the item masters across the province.

Commport is working very closely with the MSSS to ensure that all vendors are introduced to the GDSN program and can make their product data available for the Quebec Healthcare community.

 

MEDEC 2016 MedTech Conference

The MedTech Conference is MEDEC’s annual signature conference for the medtech industry. This year the event is held from Monday, Apr. 25 to Wednesday, Apr. 27 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.

Commport is this years lanyard sponsor and exhibitor. See you there!

To regsiter or sponsor the annual conference visit MEDEC’s website here

Healthcare Supply Chain Network Conference 2016

HSCN’s National Supply Chain’s Conference and Exhibition Linking the Supply Chain Together, promises more learning opportunities than ever before with 2016’s all-new introduction of concurrent streams, designed to appeal to individual tastes within the supply chain.

The conference runs from May 9-11.The conference offers excellent opportunities for healthcare supply chain professionals and caters specifically to the Canadian market. Commport is very excited to be a part and sponsor of the the annual conference.

Come by and visit us at Booth #15

Commport has 30 years of history in the North American EDI & GDSN space and since the launch of CommCARE Health Solutions we have been powering our way through the Canadian Healthcare marketplace with the same dedication.

Commport Enters Strategic Partnership With TELUS to Expand EDI and Healthcare IT Services in Canada

AURORA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 7, 2013) – Commport Communications International, Inc., a leader in B2B document and data management services within the Canadian marketplace, today announced a strategic partnership with TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada. Together, TELUS and Commport will market and promote the Assure Data Exchange (ADX) document management services as well as Global Data Synchronization (GDSN) in the Canadian healthcare industry through Commport’s CommCARE Health Solutions.

Under this arrangement, Commport will host, manage and support the TELUS ADX community including those members who participate in the CareNET set of EDI standards. ADX is a perfect fit for Commport Communications’ existing suite of electronic business document exchange services enabling service provider specialization while increasing the availability of standardized document exchange and data management services for the Canadian enterprise and healthcare sectors.

Commport’s strong Canadian presence in both Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and GS1 certified data synchronization were important factors in the formation of the partnership. “The transactional data that is managed by Commport is secure within Canadian facilities which are of particular importance when managing the document exchange within the Canadian healthcare and financial communities.” said Dave Ralph, CEO of Commport.

“Partnering with Commport is a natural fit for TELUS,” said Paul Lepage, President TELUS Health and Payment Solutions. “By providing innovative technologies and applications such as Commport’s EDI solution to move information securely and connect all stakeholders, TELUS Health empowers customers to manage and share more meaningful information, which ultimately, drives better health outcomes.”

A particularly exciting expansion opportunity is realized through this partnership by combining ADX, the technology backbone that supports the CareNET document exchange platform, and Commport’s CGS Datapool Services, a GS1 GDSN certified data pool supporting the international GS1 standards for product data management. CGS Datapool Services is strongly positioned to provide a single and secure validation touch point to both the ADX and CareNET communities by leveraging GS1 GDSN’s Global Standards. Through this new alliance, TELUS and Commport will work together to support the many GS1 Global Healthcare initiatives in an effort to decrease supply chain management costs through the adoption, exchange and use of accurate and standardized product information moving freely from global suppliers through the GDSN.

About Commport Communications International, inc.

Since 1985, Commport Communications International, inc. has been a leading provider in innovative technologies that leverages integration, collaboration and automation to deliver true value in business to business supply chains. Commport is a privately owned corporation and is the only provider in the world positioned to offer full service Value Added Network, EDI, translation and GDSN data synchronization services to both the demand side and the supply side of the trading partnership. To find out more about Commport Communications, please visit www.commport.com.

About GS1 and GS1 Healthcare

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit, international organization that develops global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply chains across industries. It engages a global community of trading partners, industry organizations and technology providers to understand their business needs and develops global standards in response to those needs. GS1 is driven by close to two million user companies, which execute more than six billion transactions.

The mission of GS1 Healthcare is to lead the Healthcare sector to the successful development and implementation of global standards by bringing together experts in Healthcare to enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiencies. GS1 Healthcare members include over 60 leading Healthcare organizations worldwide.

For more information on the GS1 Global Data Synchronisation Network

For more information about and to view the report, please visit GS1 Healthcare