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Healthcare Sector Meets with Solution Providers on GS1 Standards

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The GS1 Healthcare User Group (HUG) Australasia met two key groups of supply chain solution providers to brief the providers about the healthcare sector’s use of GS1 standards.  

In addition to covering GS1 standards such as numbering and barcoding, the meeting aimed to understand these organisations’ solution development plans for GS1 standards through one-on-one sessions where solution providers and the HUG Australasia leadership discussed current and future solution capabilities.  

Solution providers to the healthcare sector were invited to attend HUG Australasia meetings in Sydney and Melbourne where leading members of the group’s leadership team outlined their expectations of the solution providers’ roles in assisting their customers to implement GS1 standards in the healthcare supply chain.  

Key ERP/ pharmacy software solution providers as well as solution providers offering National Product Catalogue (NPC) upload functionality, eMessaging or bar coding/RFID solutions were invited to participate in the meetings.  

HUG Australasia Chair Ged Halstead of CH2, Deputy Chair Yvonne Bell of Terumo Medical Corporation and Dianne Prince of Abbott discussed their companies’ implementations of the GS1 standards and the NPC.  

They then addressed how solution providers could assist their customers to climb the learning curve that many organisations have had to face given the introduction of the NPC, electronic data exchange and supply chain reform.  

Bell urged solution providers to work with the industry and GS1 Australia to know the new standards being introduced and how they would need to be applied.  

Following this session, eight solution providers were invited to present to the broader HUG Australasia participation group, which comprised of healthcare suppliers, wholesalers, government representatives and buyers.  

The objective was for the solution providers to provide case study implementation learnings about their healthcare supply chain solutions. This was one of the three HUG Australasia meetings held per annum, each having the objective of assisting industry education and GS1 standards implementation.    

GS1 Australia Industry Manager – Healthcare, Tania Snioch said GS1 Australia planned to run annual solution provider sessions with participation by solution providers working with the healthcare sector.

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