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GS1 Healthcare Newsletter
No. 24 – Spring / Summer – 2012 - www.gs1.org/healthcare/news_events
providers, pharmacists, manufacturers, distributors and
wholesalers, logistics providers, and industry associations
"As a result of the collaboration between
GS1 Australia, healthcare providers,
manufacturers, distributors and trading
partners, the healthcare industry has
achieved great momentum towards the
adoption of GS1 standards for supply chain
eﬃciency and improved patient safety,”
said Maria Palazzolo, CEO of GS1 Australia.
Immediate actions required for
the safety of medical devices
Conﬁrming the need to address the medical devices
legislative framework, Jay Crowley further emphasised
the instrumental role GS1 Standards play as enabler of
the Unique Device Identiﬁcation (UDI) system. “This GS1
Healthcare conference provides a very interesting focus on
supply chain eﬃciency. We are trying to achieve a globally
secure supply chain which is one of the FDA’s primary
missions and the foundation elements that GS1 provides us
are critical to the success of this project.” This message was
echoed by the industry when Volker Zeinar from B.Braun,
proposed a very clear and stepwise implementation project
plan for UDI, with one key message: Start Now!
SPECIAL FEATURE: GS1 HEALTHCARE
CELEBRATES ITS 21
Conference attendees heard ﬁrst-hand how GS1 Standards
work and how they ultimately improve the way they are used
in the Healthcare sector, especially to improve patient safety.
Clinicians, suppliers, regulators, public and private Healthcare
buyers, and supply chain experts took to the podium to share
their experiences and expertise on traceability, medical
device identiﬁcation, electronic messaging, electronic
product catalogues and global data synchronisation.
The Global GS1 Healthcare Conference was the ideal platform
to share information with suppliers and providers as they look
to improve and standardise their business processes.
NEHTA hosted an international Government Healthcare
Supply Chain Think Tank to examine best practice in
electronic Healthcare supply chain reform from global
public sector agencies. 55 attendees from 15 countries
including governmental bodies and regulators, Healthcare
“This GS1 Healthcare conference provides a very
interesting focus on supply chain eﬃciency.
Trying to achieve a globally secure supply
chain is one of FDA’s primary missions and the
foundation elements that GS1 provides us with
are critical to the success of this project.”
Jay Crowley, US FDA