Synchronization is the key to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency
There has never been more of a need for data synchronization and standardization in the healthcare industry than there is today. Hospitals now report that up to 20% of their supply chain costs are due to overhead associated with clearing up confusion caused by non-standardized product data across their operations.
In parallel to the global standardization of product attributes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have implemented a law requiring healthcare manufacturers to label their products with unique device identifiers (UDIs). The competitive market landscape combined with stringent regulatory changes, increased demand for patient safety and accurate product information are driving healthcare companies to evaluate their current master data management processes. In response, companies are seeking to implement a robust Product Information Management (PIM) solution to aggregate item information in one centralized location.
Data Sync Direct makes it easy to manage product information from multiple sources and comply with global data standards, the FDA UDI ruling and internal data quality initiatives – integrating and automating every step of the process from the creation of a product to its appearance in a trading partner catalog.
The powerful product information management capabilities of Data Sync Direct allow all GDSN Market Data, including product images, and additional company attributes to be managed in a single platform.
Data Sync Direct provides:
Data Sync Direct is implemented to interact with both source data from healthcare product suppliers, and publication of source data to be consumed by other demand-side organizations, such as the FDA, other healthcare providers and/or hospitals.
In addition, Data Sync Direct supports standards bodies, like GS1, whom have established the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to enable supply chain partners the ability to send and received synchronized product information via GS1-certified data pools at any time, from anywhere in the world.
Below is an example of how Data Sync Direct might sit in your enterprise to aggregate, validate and communicate your item details and associated messages with the FDA and your partners:
LANSA is a member of the GS1 Healthcare US industry group that focuses on driving the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards in the healthcare industry to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. GS1 Healthcare US brings together members from all segments of the healthcare industry to address the issues that most impact healthcare in the United States. This initiative will provide participants in each step of the healthcare supply chain with significant gains in efficiencies – including distributors, GPOs, healthcare providers, industry associations, manufacturers, pharmacies and solution providers.
GS1 Member organisations across the world are driving these initiatives in their respective territories. Some examples of action currently being taken are:
NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has stated "We must make the best possible use of the huge spending power the NHS has. The NHS must share data so that we can see the prices that different organisations are paying for the same goods and services, and it must do more to make collaborative procurement a reality. I want to see Trusts publish all tender and contract information for contracts over £10,000, and I want to see good procurement practice spread quickly and effectively – in particular the use of GS1 coding." See www.gs1uk.org/news/Pages/GS1UKNewsDetails.aspx?NewsID=964 for more information.
GS1 US Applauds U.S. FDA for Releasing Draft Regulation Requiring Unique Device Identification System for Medical/Surgical Supply Chain. The regulation published on July 3, 2012, recognizes the GS1 GTIN as a valid unique identifier for medical/surgical products for every level of packaging. Siobhan O'Bara, vice president for healthcare, GS1 US stated "Organizations representing all aspects of the supply chain have been working together for many years to support UDI capabilities, and we are thrilled that the much-anticipated UDI draft regulation is now published. The industry is ready, willing and able to implement UDI to the benefit of patients, healthcare providers and manufacturers here in the U.S. and around the world." See www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/UniqueDeviceIdentification/default.htm for more information.
A GS1 Healthcare User Group has been established, comprising representatives from all parts of the Australian and New Zealand Healthcare supply chains. Open to all GS1 Australian and GS1 New Zealand members operating in the Healthcare sector, the group serves four main functions:
See www.gs1au.org/industry/healthcare/ for more information..
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