GS1 Ireland works with industry communities to articulate, identify, resolve and share industry issues and best practices, ensuring representation from all stakeholders in the supply chain. Automatic Identification and Data Capture AIDC Adoption and implementation of GS1 AIDC Automatic identification systems barcode or RFID can have a very wide range of applications, including point-of-care scanning to match product data to patient data, verification of patient identity via a wristband, enabling the introduction of robotic dispensing systems, recording implant serial numbers in patient records and central registries, tracking and tracing of individual instruments through decontamination, stock control and supplies management, tracking assets throughout a network of facilities, … All these applications and systems enable the realisation of associated health and economic benefits: reducing medication errors, preventing counterfeiting, saving costs and increasing the Healthcare supply chain efficiency and transparency.
GS1 EDI Healthcare Guidelines outline a model for harmonised and streamlined business processes as well as EDI processes to be used by the participants in the healthcare supply chain. GS1 Pharmaceutical Image Implementation Guideline provides a method of image naming; associated data, and transport methods needed to increase efficiencies and minimise costs.
Connecting communities. Specifically, GS1 Standards allow the sharing of common visibility data, providing information about a product's location and status, answering accurately the what, when, where and why of a specific product's movement.
Numerous studies have shown that automatic identification throughout the entire Healthcare supply chain, right to the point of delivery to the patient, is an extremely effective tool in preventing medication errors.
GS1 Standards Enable Visibility GS1 is committed to helping businesses better analyse processes and applications and to function more efficiently across the supply chain. Effective product recalls Increased supply chain security and efficiency Global traceability Inventory control.
GS1 Standards Enable Collaboration GS1 brings together industry stakeholders, from manufacturers and brand owners, to distributors and retailers, to industry associations, to solution providers, to develop, adopt and implement information standards that help them improve business processes.
GS1 provides the foundational standards necessary for the technologies behind these processes to deliver the accurate data needed by organisations to operate efficiently and at speed.
However, global standards are needed for an effective and efficient roll-out of automatic identification systems in the healthcare sector.