GS1 Global Healthcare Conference – Standards

GS1 Global Standards

Commport attended the GS1 Global Healthcare Conference held in Chicago from October 16-19. I wanted to share my learnings from the GS1 Healthcare Conference

The conference brought together over 340 healthcare sector professionals from over 40 countries.  Dialogues, education and updates centered on supply chain, patient safety, bar coding, traceability, serialization, and other initiatives happening within several countries including Canada and the USA.

There were over 50 speakers from many countries who showcased progress reports and studies on a variety of healthcare topics. GSI Global, operating in 112 countries around the globe, is playing a critical role in transforming healthcare globally. Commport supports GS1 Global standards within our tier-1, EDI network and GDSN (Global Data Synchronization Network) service.

The GS1 Standards in Healthcare focus heavily on how increasing integration of supply chain data and product traceability can improve patient safety and care, while also improving supply chain efficiency.  Standards are helping meet provider challenges such as regulation compliance and recall processes, cash flow and inaccurate pricing issues.  To read more about the standards and how they address these concerns view the opening presentation from the conference here .

I will be publishing a series of updates from the information shared at the Chicago conference relating to major progress being made in healthcare in Germany, the United Kingdom, USA and other countries.

In my next update I’ll be reviewing Canada’s disappointing ranking, #9 out of 11 countries in the Commonwealth Fund developed nations 2014 ranking, why we scored so low and what efforts are underway to improve our ranking.

GS1 Global Healthcare Conference held in Chicago