BioPhorum GS1 position paper
This BioPhorum member only paper provides an overview of the GS1 system of standards and its importance in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. GS1 is a neutral, global collaboration platform that develops and maintains standards for identifying and sharing information about products and assets. The most well-known GS1 standard is the barcode, which is used to quickly and accurately identify products. The document explains some of the advantages offered by applying GS1 standards in the supply chain, including increased efficiency, reduced errors, improved inventory management, enhanced traceability, increased customer satisfaction, and better compliance with industry regulations. It also emphasizes the importance of these standards to ensure patient safety through barcode-based product and patient identification. The paper also discusses the implementation guidelines for GS1 standards in healthcare, case studies highlighting successful implementations, and the use of GS1 standards in other sectors like maritime, rail, customs, and parcel deliveries.
The document emphasizes that through wider industry adoption the GS1 system of standards has the potential to greatly improve communication, data sharing, and safety in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.
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