Three GLN Implementation Workshops Scheduled for Fall 2012
Complimentary training sessions customized for healthcare providers and suppliers

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (August 21, 2012) – An industry collaboration of the Association of Healthcare Resources & Materials Management (AHRMM), GS1 Healthcare US, the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), and the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) has announced fall dates for its series of complimentary educational workshops focused on healthcare industry implementation of the GS1 Global Location Number (GLN).

Registration is now open for all three sessions, which take place from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on the following days and locations: 

  • Thurs., Oct. 4, the Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Ill., with Scott Dwyer, item master manager, supply chain management, The Cleveland Clinic, and Joshua Skiba, product manager, GHX, as faculty
  • Mon., Oct. 22, the Franciscan Education and Support Center, Tacoma, Wash., with Scott Dwyer, item master manager, supply chain management, The Cleveland Clinic, and Barb Zenner, senior project manager, Baxter, as faculty
  • Tues., Nov. 13, the Longaberger Alumni House, Columbus, Ohio, with Rosalind Parkinson, chief supply chain officer and Becky Walkinshaw, program manager, purchasing, both from The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and John Terwilliger, senior business systems consultant, global standards and serialization, Abbott Labs, as faculty.

Healthcare supply chain professionals from provider, manufacturer, and distributor organizations are invited to participate in these workshops.  Participants will learn directly from healthcare provider and supplier professionals who have experience in successfully implementing the GLN. For registration information and agenda, visit

“This program hit the bull’s-eye!  The topics discussed are perfect for a wide range of GLN experience levels, from those who are just hearing about GLN for the first time, to those who have been implementing the GLN over the last couple of years,” says Pam Hazel, supply chain consulting, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich., who participated in a previous workshop.  “I recommend attending a GLN Implementation Workshop, especially so that industry participants can start reaping the benefits of clean, accurate account and location information more quickly.”

The workshop is designed specifically for data managers, electronic data interchange (EDI) professionals, materials managers, and other supply chain professionals with front-line responsibility for implementing the GLN at their organizations. Attendees will leave with the information and training they need to begin GLN implementation immediately, such as: 

  • Creating a GLN team and strategy
  • Establishing a GLN hierarchy
  • How to reconcile GLNs with GPOs
  • Reconciling GLNs with distributors
  • Live tutorial on the GLN Registry for Healthcare®
  • Using GLNs in EDI transactions
  • How to engage with ERP systems
  • Declaring GLN Readiness
  • Hands-on personal review of individual hierarchies

The workshop features instruction from both provider- and supplier-based faculty who have implemented the GLN.  In addition, experts from GS1 Healthcare US will give a live tutorial on the GLN Registry for Healthcare.  Participants also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty experts to review their individual hierarchies, GLNs and the GLN validation process

The workshop co-sponsors are the leading organizations that have been consistently supportive of supply-chain data standards adoption in healthcare. “Accurate and consistent information in the healthcare supply chain provides a solid foundation for the processes that drive the delivery of care,” says Siobhan O’Bara, Vice President of Healthcare, GS1 Healthcare US.  “Reliable information is also important for patient safety, as we need it to ensure that the right product gets to the right location at the right time.  Electronic medical records, automated ordering systems and other healthcare IT initiatives all require reliable location identification and information to improve patient safety and support patient care.”

"While many organizations in healthcare have already made great progress in adopting the GLN, there are still other organizations seeking direction on where to start and how to implement.” says Tom Hughes, Executive Director of SMI.  “These workshops provide a venue to do just that.”

AHRMM President Beverly Slate notes, “AHRMM believes in data standards to drive cost savings, efficiency, and improvements in patient safety.  We encourage our membership to adopt and utilize GS1 Standards, including the GLN. Through increased implementation, the benefits of the GLN will begin to be realized.”  

“With such an industry-wide intense focus on using consistent, standardized location information via the GLN, there is no better time for hospitals and their supplier partners to work out their implementation strategies so that all parties can begin to reap the promised benefits,” says Curtis Rooney, President, HSCA. 

The Global Location Number (GLN) is the globally unique GS1 Identification Number for locations and supply chain partners. The GLN can be used to identify a functional entity (such as a hospital pharmacy or accounting department), a physical entity (such as a warehouse or hospital wing or even a nursing station), or a legal entity (such as a health system corporation). The attributes defined for each GLN (e.g., name, address, class of trade, etc.) help users to ensure that each GLN is specific to one very precise location.

Space in the workshops is limited. There is no registration fee for the workshops; however, attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare resource and materials management profession. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHRMM serves more than 4,200 active members. Founded in 1962, AHRMM prepares its members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. For more information, visit  

About GS1 Healthcare US®
GS1 Healthcare US is an industry group that focuses on driving the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards in the healthcare industry in the United States to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency.  GS1 Healthcare US brings together members from all segments of the healthcare industry to address the supply chain issues that most impact healthcare in the United States.  Facilitated by GS1 US, GS1 Healthcare US is one of sixty-six local GS1 Healthcare user groups around the world that supports the adoption and implementation of global standards developed by GS1.  For more information, visit

About HSCA
The Healthcare Supply Chain Association, formerly the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association, is a broad-based trade association that represents 15 group purchasing organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, purchasing groups, associations, multi-hospital systems and healthcare provider alliances. HSCA’s mission is to advocate on behalf of healthcare group purchasing associations, to provide educational opportunities designed to improve efficiencies in the purchase, sale and utilization of all goods and services within the health industry and to promote meaningful dialogue between GPOs.  For more information, visit

About SMI
The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to improving the supply chain through direct information exchange and collaboration between senior healthcare supply chain executives and senior IDN supply chain executives.  SMI members include healthcare providers, manufacturers, medical distributors, and other healthcare supply chain businesses.  SMI, created to influence, shape and advance the future of the healthcare marketplace, provides an open forum for innovative idea-exchange and the development of collaborative process improvement initiatives. For more information on SMI, including a complete list of members, visit: