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GHX to Become GDSN-certified Data Pool to Accelerate Use of GS1 Standards in Healthcare
Date:9/11/2008

Established hospital-supplier connectivity and experience in healthcare data integrity and synchronization will help enable the use of standards

quickly and cost effectively

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- GHX, LLC has announced plans to become part of GS1's Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) as a GDSN-certified data pool for the healthcare industry. GHX's existing infrastructure connecting hospitals and suppliers, along with its experience and expertise in data integrity and synchronization, will enable healthcare organizations to more readily utilize GS1 standards and realize their benefits quickly and cost effectively.

Awareness of the importance of standards in the healthcare industry has grown significantly in recent years. As a result, many of the healthcare organizations working with GHX have recognized the value of GHX becoming a GDSN-certified data pool and leveraging the existing GHX infrastructure. "Use of GS1 standards can clearly benefit healthcare, but we need to be able to adopt standards without significant implementation costs," says Bill Francis, vice president of GPO Operations, Healthtrust Purchasing Group. "By building upon the existing GHX network and strong industry participation, GHX can help minimize many of those costs and maximize the value of the investments its owners and members have already made in e-business and data integrity."

Once GHX is certified as a data pool, manufacturers can utilize their existing connectivity to GHX to provide product data, including GS1's unique product identifier -- the Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) -- to the GDSN in a manner compliant with global standards. Similarly, providers connected to GHX will be able to more easily access data from the GDSN, rather than having to establish new, separate connections. Healthcare suppliers and providers not integrated to GHX will have the option to participate in the GHX data pool a
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