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GHX Health ConneXion(TM) Data Pool Gains Momentum as Healthcare Industry Moves Toward Standards Adoption
Date:10/15/2009

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing number of healthcare providers, manufacturers, distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) have chosen the GHX Health ConneXion(TM) data pool, certified by GS1's Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), to synchronize medical-surgical product data. Data synchronization is a critical element of the healthcare industry's move toward the adoption of standards as a way to help improve patient care, while making the supply chain more efficient and cost-effective.

The only GDSN-certified data pool focused exclusively on healthcare, the GHX Health ConneXion data pool enables suppliers to publish industry-standard product data to the GDSN and share that data with authorized subscribers. This helps assure that any changes to product information made by manufacturers are automatically and immediately available to other authorized organizations.

Among early adopters of the Health ConneXion data pool is Resource Optimization and Innovation (ROi), an operating division of Sisters of Mercy Health System, which serves a sevenstate area including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

"Obtaining accurate product information is paramount to executing clean, error-free transactions and ensuring timely deliveries," said Alex Zimmerman, director of Supply Chain Information at ROi. "Right now we may get information about a product's packaging contents, unit of measure or catalog number from a supplier's customer service representative and that information is different from the company Web site or from a distributor. Product recall notification is also a continuing problem. GHX is a key enabler for us, and we are both confident and excited that data synchronization made possible through the Health ConneXion data pool will help resolve these issues and streamline a process we all recognize needs work."

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