U.S. and International Supply Chain Leaders to Convene for Global GS1 Healthcare Conference on Patient Safety and Supply Chain Security
Representatives from U.S. FDA, California Board of Pharmacy, McKesson, Johnson & Johnson, Mercy, Pfizer, Premier, and Others will Share Standards Implementation Strategies

Lawrenceville, NJ (Aug. 8, 2013) — Healthcare leaders from private industry and government agencies will share progress of worldwide efforts to implement GS1 Standards that improve patient safety, supply chain security, and efficiency during the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference taking place in San Francisco, October 1-3, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), California Board of Pharmacy, McKesson, Johnson & Johnson, Mercy, Pfizer, and Premier will share best practices for implementing GS1 Standards in healthcare.

More than 250 participants from hospitals, manufacturers, distributors, industry associations, government and regulatory agencies from 25 countries are expected to attend the conference. The three-day conference, themed “GS1 Standards in Action,” is hosted by GS1 Healthcare US, an industry standards group focused on driving the implementation of GS1 Standards in the United States.

“With patient safety at stake, industry and governments worldwide are in lock-step to create strategies that will enable healthcare participants to take better charge of the product data that flows throughout the supply chain, both domestically and internationally,” said Michael Pheney, vice president of healthcare, GS1 US. “The conference offers global healthcare supply chain professionals insight about standards implementation strategies and progress as well as industry and regulatory developments in automatic identification, traceability, and data synchronization.” 

Speakers represent multiple facets of the global healthcare supply chain, hailing from government agencies, regulatory bodies, healthcare industry associations, U.S. group purchasing organizations, hospitals, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Highlights include:

  • An opening plenary session focused on unique device identification (UDI) with speakers from the U.S. FDA, the Japanese Ministry for Health Welfare and Labour, and others.
  • A session focused on hospital implementation of GS1 Standards, with presentations by providers including Mercy (U.S.) and Hospital Aleman (Argentina).
  • Presentations by international organizations and regulatory agencies, including the World Customs Organisation and California Board of Pharmacy.
  • Perspectives from suppliers, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and McKesson.
  • Closing keynote about bedside scanning by Mark Neuenschwander, an expert in drug dispensing automation and barcode point-of-care systems

In addition, participants will be able to take part in implementation sessions centered on the FDA Global Unique Device Identification Database, California ePedigree Law requirements, and GS1 Standards implementation case studies.

For the conference agenda, a complete list of speakers, and to register for the GS1 Global Healthcare Conference, visitwww.gs1.org/healthcare/news_events/011013. Healthcare providers are eligible for complimentary registration. 

For more information about GS1 US, visit www.gs1us.org

About GS1 US
GS1 US, a member of GS1, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC). www.GS1US.org

About GS1 Healthcare
GS1 Healthcare is a global, voluntary user community bringing together all Healthcare supply chain stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, Healthcare providers, solution providers, regulatory bodies and industry associations. The mission of GS1 Healthcare is to lead the Healthcare sector to the successful development and implementation of global standards by bringing together experts in Healthcare to enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiencies. GS1 Healthcare members include over 60 leading Healthcare organisations worldwide.