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Benefits of GS1 Standards for Healthcare Providers

Modernize your supply chain to improve patient safety and reduce costs

GS1 Standards will help your organization focus on providing quality care. The visibility that GS1 Standards enable can: 

  • Enhance management of the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Improve the patient charge process
  • Enhance equipment and instrument tracking
  • Support outcome-based medicine and comparative effectiveness
  • Reduce preventable medication and medical error

Learn how CentraState Healthcare SystemMercy, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center implemented GS1 Standards in their systems.

GS1 Standards for Healthcare Providers Online Certificate Course

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Meet Today’s Challenges With GS1 Standards

By adopting and implementing GS1 Standards in your organization, your team will take an active role in the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system, addressing the goal of patient safety while making your supply chain more efficient.

The use of GS1 Standards will help your organization address current needs and better prepare you for future challenges by enabling more effective information systems for electronic record management, physician order entry, recall processes, reporting, and analytics. That’s why it’s so important that you allocate the proper resources and invest in GS1 Standards today.

Learn how GS1 Standards can help you overcome hospital supply chain challenges >

Regulations and Risk Management

  • Increased tax on medical devices 
  • Recall process is difficult to optimize 
  • FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation* 
  • Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)**


Regulation Compliance and Risk Management

Operational Efficiency

  • Cash flow issues
  • Inaccurate pricing
  • Monitoring expiration dates of inventory
  • Difficulty in capturing patient charges
  • Need to re-label products 
  • Difficulty in asset and instrument tracking


Operational Efficiency

Safety and Quality of Care

  • Preventable errors
  • Non-value added tasks
  • Getting the right product to the right patient
  • Managing Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Manual records and requests


Safety and Quality of Care

How Can You Modernize Your Supply Chain?

  • Engage with your suppliers to discuss their implementation plan for UDI
  • Obtain a schedule/timeline for UDI rollout for the medical devices purchased by your organization
  • Establish when you can expect the UDI identifier, barcode, and data to be available for the products you purchase 
  • Contact your IT vendors to confirm that your ERP, POC, and EHR systems can capture and accept UDIs

The earlier your organization starts using GS1 Standards, the earlier you will start reaping the many benefits. Think of the implementation process as an investment in your organization’s future—and know that GS1 US® is here to help you along the way.

Learn how the use of GS1 Standards can help healthcare providers address current needs and better prepare them for future challenges >

*For information about the rule, see the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification System

**For information about the act, see the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act

Disclaimer: GS1 US is the local GS1 Member Organization that supports implementation of the GS1 System in the United States. GS1 US employees are not representatives or agents of the U.S. FDA, and the content herein has not been reviewed, approved, or authorized by the U.S. FDA.

GS1 is a U.S. FDA-Accredited Issuing Agency for UDI, and GS1 Standards are authorized for use in implementing the requirements of the U.S. FDA UDI Rule.