GS1 Canada
March 1, 2018 Version française
GS1 Canada Healthcare/Pharmacy Bulletin

In this Issue:

Dear Valued Subscriber:

GS1 Canada’s boards and working committees continue to work diligently to support Canada’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical sectors. With their collaboration, we are excited to share the ongoing progress being made around the adoption of GS1 standards.

Canadian researcher quantifies ROI of supply chain traceability

Upcoming cannabis regulations

Canadian researcher Dr. Anne Snowdon examined three health systems around the world leading the implementation of global standards in healthcare: Alberta Health Services in Canada, the National Health Service in the UK and Mercy in the US. Her findings show all three organizations experienced significant financial savings through increased supply chain transparency.

Some of Dr. Snowdon’s findings include:

  • A savings of CAD$261.5 million savings over a four-year period for Alberta Health Services, a 700% return on investment.
  • An estimated £1.5 billion in inventory savings alone, across six locations for the NHS.
  • US$55 million saved through better resource management for Mercy, who have implemented global standards in two locations so far
  • 93% of implantable devices within the UK’s NHS can now be accurately tracked to a patient (NHS)

This research shines a light on the urgent need for global standards implementation in Canada. GS1 Canada is leading an initiative to increase adoption of global standards throughout the Healthcare sector through its National Movement: Safer, More Efficient Care Starts With a Simple Scan.

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GS1 Canada responds to Health Canada’s proposal for cannabis regulations

Upcoming cannabis regulations

In anticipation of the legalization of cannabis, GS1 Canada has recommended that Health Canada’s proposed approach to cannabis regulations support standards-based supply chain best practices in order to be met with the support of impacted sectors.

The proposed regulations address critical components to the identification, labelling and traceability of cannabis product.

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Plexxus chooses ECCnet Registry to enhance product information process within foodservice


Plexxus recently announced that it has selected GS1 Canada’s ECCnet Registry as their source for foodservice product information.

This decision enables Plexxus’ member hospitals to benefit from standardized, accurate foodservice data to support business processes such as product sourcing and contracting.

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You can make a difference – join GS1 Canada’s Healthcare Technical Standards Workgroup

New Research from Dr. Anne Snowdon to be Unveiled in the New Year

Join your healthcare industry peers to actively engage in the standards development and maintenance process for clinical and business processes aligned to the medical device category.

Areas of focus:

  • Required attributes for the medical device category, aligned by business processes
  • Standardizing descriptions for healthcare medical devices
  • Classification standards used within healthcare medical device/surgical sector in Canada
  • eCommerce through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) using GS1 global standards

To learn more or join the work group contact Nicole Golestani, Senior Manager Healthcare Implementation.

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GS1 Canada upcoming webinar:

GS1 standards and the item master management process

March 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

GS1 Canada upcoming webinar

Guest Presenter: Allen Diehl, Manager, Data Governance & Management, Plexxus

Facilitator: Rob Bell, Director of Healthcare, GS1 Canada

Join GS1 Canada’s webinar series to discover how to implement GS1 standards within your day-to-day business or clinical processes. During this webinar, you’ll hear about how one healthcare provider sets up GTINs in their item master file, challenges, lessons learned, and benefits.

Visit our video gallery for an archive of past webinars.

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Upcoming Events

HIMSS 2018
March 5-9, 2018
Las Vegas, USA

The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

Global GS1 Healthcare Conference
April 10-12, 2018
Bogotà, Colombia

Held twice a year, the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference is a key event for sharing information with the GS1 Healthcare community. Healthcare leaders from private industry and government agencies will present the progress of worldwide efforts to implement GS1 standards that improve patient safety, supply chain security and efficiency.

National Healthcare Supply Chain Conference (HSCN)
May 14-16, 2018
Toronto, Canada

The HSCN conference is known as the foremost gathering place for healthcare supply chain professionals and leaders because it offers excellent opportunities. Expert speakers share best practices and to improve and refine supply chain processes or implement new technologies that help address existing care challenges.

e-Health Conference
May 27-30, 2018
Vancouver, Canada

In its 18th year, the e-Health conference continues to offer proactive top-quality learning and an opportunity to network with organizations and people that value quality health information as well as effective integrated system solutions. Since its inception, the Conference has attracted a steadily increasing attendance, now upwards of 1,500 delegates.

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Healthcare News from Around the World

Keep up-to-date with worldwide healthcare trends and learn more about the global GS1 Healthcare News and Events.

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