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March 14th, 2011

March 2011 Carenet Newsletter

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Healthcare Sector Preparing to Adopt GTINs

To improve cost savings, productivity and interoperability, the Canadian and U.S. healthcare industries are transitioning to use of GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) for all product identification by the sunrise date of December 31, 2012.

Ontario Government Jumpstarts the Implementation of GS1 Standards in Ontario Acute Care Facilities

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) embraces GS1 Standards

NOW AVAILABLE – Healthcare EDI Transaction Version 6020!

JUST RELEASED – Healthcare Product Description Standardization Guidelines for Product Short Descriptions

UK National Audit Office Calls For National Health Service (NHS) to Adopt GS1 Standards

Membership Profile – St. Michael’s Hospital

GS1 Canada attends 2011 CAPDM Event

GS1 Canada Welcomes New Members

Upcoming Healthcare Events

Healthcare Sector Preparing to Adopt GTINs

To improve cost savings, productivity and interoperability, the Canadian and U.S. healthcare industries are transitioning to use of GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) for all product identification by the sunrise date of December 31, 2012.

Most widely recognized as the bar code (or more specifically, the numbers found at the bottom of each bar code), the GTIN standard will establish a common business language across the Canadian healthcare sector. Implementation of GTINs will enable healthcare organizations to eliminate the costly errors and inefficiencies caused by using multiple proprietary product identification codes or relabeling products.

The GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector Board is driving adoption of the GTIN in Canada and has established an industry-driven implementation plan for the healthcare sector. Healthcare providers and suppliers should begin preparing now for 2012 GTIN Sunrise implementation. Training, tools, and resources are available through GS1 Canada.

GTIN adoption is an important step in preparing the Canadian healthcare sector for the upcoming roll-out of the Canadian Healthcare Product Registry, which, once launched, will be the most comprehensive and perpetually updated healthcare product registry of its kind in Canada.

Upon its release this coming summer, the registry will enable healthcare suppliers to load and maintain standardized product information in one central database. Through the registry, healthcare providers will be able to access accurate, up-to-date medical-surgical product data, as well as existing data from pharmaceutical, food service and grocery categories, in one convenient and trusted location.

Get additional details on the GTIN sunrise date.

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Ontario Government Jumpstarts the Implementation of GS1 Standards in Ontario Acute Care Facilities

As the Canadian healthcare sector moves towards standardization of supply chain processes, an Ontario-wide initiative, supported by the Ontario government, is currently underway that will result in the rollout of a 2011 GS1 Company Prefix Licence and Global Location Number (GLN) to every acute care facility in Ontario (locations to which healthcare, pharmacy and food products are shipped) that does not yet have one. This will enable Ontario hospitals to begin the process of integrating global standards into many of their functions such as asset tracking, patient identification, bedside bar code scanning and e-business communications.

Today, many organizations in the supply chain – from manufacturers to healthcare providers – use non-standardized, internal codes to identify locations. Widespread adoption of GLNs as a common standard for location identification will streamline a variety of daily operational processes such as ordering and receiving, resulting in cost efficiencies, administrative productivity, and ultimately, enhanced patient safety.

Hospital executives will be receiving a letter from GS1 Canada about this rollout in the near future. For additional information, and to begin the GLN assignment process, please contact GS1 Canada at 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3.

Support for the rollout of GS1 standards in the Ontario healthcare sector is provided by the Ontario government as part of the Accelerated Global E-Supply Chain Standards Pilot Implementation Project, the Ontario-focused initiative under the national GS1 Canada-led Canadian Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Project.

Learn more about GLN Sunrise Date for Healthcare.

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Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) Embraces GS1 Standards

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) companies has announced that it will transition its label format from the Health Industry Bar Code (HIBC) to the GS1 standard bar code, beginning February 2011. Johnson & Johnson’s move to the global GS1 System of standards underscores the Canadian healthcare community’s commitment to implement global supply chain standards to improve efficiencies, interoperability and most importantly, patient safety.

Johnson and Johnson’s goal is to convert all products from the following MD&D companies to use GS1 bar codes by the end of 2012:

  • Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Veridex, LLC
  • Therakos, Inc.
  • Cordis Corporation
  • Biosense Webster, Inc.
  • ETHICON, INC.
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Advanced Sterilization Products
  • Division of Ethicon, Inc.
  • Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
  • DePuy Mitek, Inc.
  • DePuy Spine, Inc.
  • DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Get more information on Johnson & Johnson’s transition from the HIBC to GS1 standard bar codes for their label format.

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What’s New

NOW AVAILABLE - Healthcare EDI Transaction Version 6020

The Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) version 6020 (V6020) transaction sets for healthcare are now available for use by the Canadian healthcare community and include:

  • Invoice Transaction (810)
  • Price & Sales Catalogue (832)
  • Purchase Order (850)
  • PO Acknowledgement (855)
  • Advance Ship Notice (856)
  • Functional Acknowledgement (997)

For the Canadian healthcare sector to fully realize the benefits of e-commerce and to enable system-wide supply chain visibility and traceability through standards, mass implementation of the Canadian healthcare EDI suite of standardized transaction sets across the supply chain is required.

Get more information on EDI Implementation Guidelines.

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JUST RELEASED - Healthcare Product Description Standardization Guidelines for Product Short Descriptions

The Healthcare Product Description Standardization Guidelines for product short descriptions are now available for use by the Canadian healthcare community.

Developed by the GS1 Canada Healthcare Product Description Standardization Work Group, these guidelines provide a formula for healthcare providers to standardize the short descriptions of medical and surgical products in their databases, ultimately enhancing the efficiency of clinical operations and procurement processes. By adopting these guidelines, clinical, financial and operational departments within healthcare organizations will have access to standardized and improved data accuracy in their individual databases and systems.

The long-term objective of these voluntary guidelines is for standardized short product descriptions to be created by the supplier, with no modifications required by healthcare providers as the product moves through the healthcare supply chain - from point of manufacture to the point of patient care. These guidelines are an important step to achieving this goal, enabling hospitals to begin aligning their systems to accommodate data in a consistent, standardized format.

For more information or to join a work group, please contact Rita Laur, Director, Standards, GS1 Canada, at Rita.Laur@gs1ca.org.

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UK National Audit Office Calls For National Health Service (NHS) to Adopt GS1 Standards

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has made an explicit recommendation that the UK Department of Health should call for the adoption of universal bar coding standards in the NHS. The NAO’s role is to scrutinize public spending on behalf of the UK Parliament - carried out independently of the UK Government. In 2009-10, the NAO’s work led to savings and efficiency gains of £890 million ($1.4 billion CDN).

Given that the NHS is required to deliver £15-20 billion ($24 billion - $31 billion CDN) of annual savings by 2014-15, improving procurement data and enabling price comparisons is a key priority to ensure that better value for money can be secured for the taxpayer. Standardizing product bar coding across the NHS, using the GS1 coding system, is the top aim in the Department’s procurement strategy for the NHS.

Read the press release.

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Membership Profile – St. Michael’s Hospital

Founded in 1892, St. Michael’s Hospital is a 500+ bed teaching and research hospital in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario. With several hundred thousand patients treated every year, streamlining operations to improve patient care delivery and service is vital to ensuring first-class patient care, an objective the St. Michael’s supply chain team is particularly conscious of.

For almost 20 years, St. Michael’s has been a Carenet/GS1 Canada member. In order to drive supply chain efficiencies through standards and automation, St. Michael’s collaborated with Medbuy, its Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), and Mohawk Shared Services to enhance its logistics, warehousing, sourcing and procurement processes.

Today, under the leadership of Joan McLaughlin, Chief Supply Chain Officer & Director of Support Services at St. Michael’s and a GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Board member, the hospital continues to demonstrate its commitment to healthcare supply chain standards implementation.

“Our goal as a hospital is to ensure the highest quality of patient care while maximizing value across the healthcare chain,” says Ms. McLaughlin. “With the implementation of global standards, we have seen first-hand, the supply chain efficiencies - leading to improved patient safety, decreasing costs and enhanced productivity. We are committed to implementing global GS1 standards that will modernize and advance Canada’s healthcare system.”

Using the Smartstream software for its Materials Management System, St. Michael’s has been an active participant in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), trading with more than 45 vendors and sending approximately 800 EDI Purchase Orders (POs) per month.

Leading the Way – EDI Version 6020 Pilot Testing Completed
As part of Phase 2 of the Canadian Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Project, St. Michael’s has successfully completed testing of the first EDI implementation pilot with the assistance of Rogue Data Corporation, its third-party facilitator, as well as vendors/distributors such as Cardinal Health and Medical Mart Supplies Ltd.

The pilot, which began in the fall of 2010, set out to accomplish the following objectives:

While results are currently being aggregated, the initial outcomes are encouraging - GLNs and GTINs were successfully tested in the version 6020 transactions and the invoice transaction was implemented during the pilot project.

For more information on how you can participate in the Canadian Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Project as an EDI pilot site, contact Herb Martin, Director, Healthcare, GS1 Canada at carenet@gs1ca.org.

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GS1 Canada Stays Connected

GS1 Canada attends 2011 CAPDM Event

On January 17–18, 2011, GS1 Canada attended the 2011 CAPDM Event in Dorval, Quebec. Under the theme "Stronger Partnerships to Meet Challenges & Changes," conference participants reflected on the country’s current healthcare landscape. The conference was attended by CEOs, executives and managers responsible for pharmacy supply chain, key accounts, distribution, customer service, business development, sales, marketing and finance.

Alicia Duval, Senior Vice President, Healthcare, Pharmacy & Public Affairs at GS1 Canada represented GS1 Canada at the event. Taking into account new policies and regulatory challenges, the event drove home the need for Canadian trading partners to forge stronger, more innovative partnerships to address continuing government program changes and to maintain competitiveness and effectiveness.

Get more information on this conference.

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GS1 Canada Welcomes New Members

Logi-D

Logi-D provides supply chain automation solutions for hospitals. In collaboration with HEC Montréal, the oldest business school in Canada and one of the largest in North America, Logi-D specializes in researching and tracking leading international supply chain practices to provide innovative and customized solutions for its clients.

Logi-D offers turnkey automation solutions that include storage equipment, related technology solutions and consulting services. Globally, it offers services for a complete transformation (i.e., from the development of a business case to the solutions that include implementation support), and the post-implementation practices required to measure the anticipated gains that have been realized.

MICs Group of Health Services

The MICs Group of Health Services consists of the hospitals listed below, and their associated long-term care facilities, located in the communities of Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Cochrane in Ontario.

This partnership operates under a single administration, resulting in cost saving measures and providing the necessary focus and direction to integrate the many facets of the six unique facilities it represents:

Lady Minto Hospital, Cochrane, was established in 1915 and currently operates as an acute care general hospital that provides a wide range of in-patient, complex continuing care, emergency, out-patient, ambulatory care, obstetrics (OBS), paediatrics (Paeds), general surgery, and long-term care services.

Currently, the hospital is designated as having 20 acute, eight complex continuing care, two OBS, two Paeds, one special care and 33 long-term care beds.

Established in 1919 by the Rosedale Hospital Circle, the Women's Missionary Society of Toronto and the Presbyterian Church, the Bingham Memorial Hospital situated in the town of Matheson services six communities in the Black River-Matheson Township.

An acute general hospital, Bingham Memorial hospital provides a wide range of in-patient, long term, chronic care, emergency, out-patient, and ambulatory care services. Currently the hospital has 11 active beds, six chronic care beds, and 20 long-term care beds.

Anson General Hospital was established in 1955. Anson General Hospital is an acute general hospital which provides a wide range of in-patient, chronic care, emergency, out-patient, ambulatory care and long-term care services. Currently the hospital is designated as having 19 active beds, 16 complex continuing care beds and 69 long-term care beds.

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Upcoming Healthcare Events

GS1 Healthcare Conference
Location: Washington DC, USA
Presented by: GS1
April 6-8, 2011

National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Presented by: Healthcare Supply Chain Network
May 8–10, 2011

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