Product identification supporting full traceability in the global healthcare supply chain
Managing the complex and rapidly evolving COVID-19 has proven to be extremely challenging for hospitals and health systems. The IHF is hosting a series of webinars and live Q&As to share experiences, best practices and recommendations from IHF members, partners and other organizations. Together we can share, learn, adapt and work together to overcome this global crisis.
The current period with COVID-19 shows clearly the importance and dependency of hospitals on a safe supply chain and product identification. GS1 standards can aid hospitals in the challenges of safety and efficiency of their supply chains. Traceability and direct view from manufacturer to patient, exactly knowing what was used where and for which patient.
All over the globe regulation requires pharmaceuticals and medical products to be identified (and traceable) from the manufacturer on. Identification based on GS1 standards is global, complies with regulation(s) and can be integrated in hospitals and healthcare systems. Hospitals greatly benefit from integrating this into their procurement, warehouse management systems, and clinical support systems. Implementation show benefits not only for the supply chain part and cost efficiency but also on patient safety and time released back to care. Full traceability in the healthcare supply chain is a major factor in combatting fraud with pharmaceuticals and medical products. GS1 is a global not-for-profit standardization organization working with healthcare stakeholders globally.
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