As we wish you all a safe and happy festive season, to finish off the year we have once again compiled a 'Year in Review' to summarise just some of the activities, initiatives, areas of interest, popular articles and achievements from the past year.
We would like to thank all of those who have participated in our advisory groups, working groups, surveys, local and global conferences. A special mention as always for the members of the Healthcare User Group Leadership Team for your time, valuable input and engagement throughout the year in guiding our work in healthcare.
The GS1 Australia healthcare team look forward to supporting you all again next year.
A few key highlights
ACT Health Case Study highlighted how use of data standards can ensure positive patient identification and interoperability in healthcare.
Data Quality has continued to improve across the healthcare industry thanks to significant work from many supplier's master data teams. Congratulations to all those who have reached platinum and gold status in DQI reports in 2018.
A new series of free healthcare webinars was launched to support implementation of Unique Device Identification, Barcoding of Pharmaceuticals, as well as supporting Scanning Accuracy.
Improvements to patient safety and global harmonisation of healthcare were once again highlighted in the GS1 Global Healthcare Reference Book 2018-19 with case studies from hospitals, wholesalers and manufacturers who have documented benefits from implementing standards.
Australian healthcare representatives from organisations including Australian Digital Health Agency, Medtronic and Stryker shared some of their knowledge at the GS1 Global Healthcare conferences in Bogota and Bangkok.
HPAC Health Provider webinars shared insights into the adoption and benefits of GS1 standards implementation to health services around the world.
USAID Global Health Supply Chain shared some of their lessons and guidance documents, providing a great example of how standards can transform complex healthcare supply chains.
With traceability of both medication and medical devices essential to patient safety, we posed the question 'Does Australia need a unified approach if we are to achieve best practice standards like those used around the world?'
Blockchain continues to be a buzz word in parts of healthcare as we look for interoperability. Our paper on Bridging Blockchains highlights the role of data standards in delivering on the possibilities.
New to the toolkit for implementers
New interactive map outlining global regulatory requirements for pharmaceuticals and medcial devices was developed to provide an easier way to access some of the latest information.
Updated Global Location guideline released to help support accurate location identification critical to supporting traceability and a safer, more efficient healthcare system
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