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GS1 Canada Healthcare/Pharmacy Bulletin

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Dear Valued Subscriber:

GS1 Canada’s Boards and Working Committees continue to work diligently to respond to the needs of Canada’s healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Together, with their collaboration and support, we are excited to share progress being made about the ongoing adoption of GS1 standards.

Barcode Generator – coming September 2018

Barcode Generator

GS1 Canada is introducing a new Barcode Generator tool for users to quickly and easily generate high-resolution barcode symbologies for their GTINs. This provides a more efficient process enabling users to receive their GTINs and create their barcodes in a one-stop shop through GS1 Canada. The first release supports UPC-A, EAN-14, ITF-14 and GS1-128 symbologies, with more to come in future updates.

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GS1 Canada’s Healthcare team has a new member – meet Lina Rinaldi

We are excited to welcome Lina Rinaldi to the GS1 Canada team as Vice President, Industry Relations - Healthcare. Lina will be working closely with the Healthcare sector to spearhead the national healthcare strategy to advance the adoption of GS1 standards for patient safety and supply chain optimization.

Lina Rinaldi

Lina has over ten years of executive healthcare management experience and has been an Accreditation Canada surveyor since 2007. Lina holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York University and a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman, Advanced Health Leadership Program (AHLP).

If you would like to reach Lina, please email

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Medical Device Attribute Navigator Tool – SigmaSanté sharing their data needs

SigmaSanté’s attribute file is now available with the Medical Device Attribute Navigator. This supports the Canadian health sector’s adoption of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) for medical devices.

Medical Device Attribute Navigator provides medical device manufacturers with instantaneous insight into the product data needs of participating healthcare providers from across the country.

Click here to access the file and to watch education modules about how to navigate the provider files.

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GS1 Canada’s CEO, Art Smith re-elected for GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team

N. Arthur (Art) Smith

We are excited to announce that GS1 Canada’s CEO, Art Smith, has been re-elected to the Global Healthcare Leadership team for the 2018/2019 term. This appointment allows for GS1 Canada to contribute to the movement of a worldwide increase in patient safety and operational efficiency through the adoption of GS1 global standards in healthcare around the world. Congratulations Art.

Click here to see the entire Leadership Team.

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UK government leadership continues to drive patient safety and efficiencies through the adoption of GS1 global standards

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock announced his commitment to scaling technology initiatives, based on GS1 global standards within NHS to improve patient safety.

Rooted in the success of the Scan4Safety program, Mr Hancock confirmed additional funding of £487 million to Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs) –  local alliances of healthcare providers – stating the money should be primarily used in funding transformational technology throughout the National Health Service (NHS) that would bring patient barcoding and digital prescriptions. By barcoding patient wristbands and closed-loop medicine dispensing, patient safety is being improved through transformative technology using GS1 standards.

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St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre partnership!

St. Joseph›s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre partnership

Presented at the May 30 Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee meeting, Cherly Churher, from London Health Sciences Centre, and Anne McIlmoyl, from St. Josephs Health Care London, announced their partnership to provide point-of-use scanning of consumable medical and surgical supplies in the operating room through Clinical Product Information Optimization (CPIO) project.

Using GS1 global standards, like the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), hospitals can capture accurate product information on all surgical products and inform decisions related to inventory management and case costing. Product data linked to the GTIN, obtained from the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), is accessed through Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS).

If you are interested in joining the Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee and the opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer network implementation experiences and best practice adoption of GS1 global standards contact Rob Bell, Director of Healthcare.

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GS1 Canada's upcoming webinar:

Shoppers Drug Mart talks GS1 Canada's Recall solution

September 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

GS1 Canada upcoming webinar

Guest Presenter: Kevin Bivand, BSc, MBA, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, Shoppers Drug Mart

Facilitator: Shivani Bhalla, Director, Industry Relations and Saad Kadiri, Senior Manager Industry Engagement

Has your organization received Recall Ready Certification to meet the needs of the Healthcare/Pharmacy sector? Register now for GS1 Canada’s upcoming webinar featuring Kevin Bivand, Senior Director,Quality Assurance, Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaws. Learn about the pharmacy sector’s implementation of GS1 Canada’s ECCnet Recall, a global standards-based product recall communication solution built by risk management experts in the pharmacy sector.

If you missed previous webinar sessions, please visit our video gallery today!

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Upcoming Event

Global GS1 Healthcare Conference
October 30 – November 1, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

A unique platform for healthcare professionals around the world to meet, exchange experiences and advance in the implementation of global standards - to increase supply chain efficiency and patient safety. Listen and interact with leading speakers from the healthcare community around the world, including suppliers, wholesalers, hospitals, regulatory bodies, government jurisdiction and solution providers.

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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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