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Mercy/ROi and BD Collaborate to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs
Date:1/19/2012

tted to operational effectiveness internally and in the healthcare supply chain to remove unnecessary cost and waste from the system," said Frank Florio, Vice President and General Manager, North America, BD. "GS1 data standards also enable healthcare providers to track products when treating patients, which can help reduce medical errors while improving patient care."

BD and ROi completed their GS1 Standards integration ahead of industry-established sunrise dates for both the GS1 Global Location Number (GLN) and the GS1 Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®). Both companies continue to operate together using these standards on an ongoing basis.     

The GTIN is used to unambiguously identify products and communicate product data throughout the supply chain and through to the clinical setting and beyond. GLN is a consistent standard to identify delivery locations and to replace custom account numbers.  BD and ROi implemented these standards as part of their ongoing business processes, and in pursuit of Perfect Order discovered many other benefits that extend beyond the supply chain, including:

  • More accurate purchase orders, invoicing and payment processes.
  • Clean data on delivery locations and account information.
  • Real-time product usage and consumption.
  • Better product and lot number tracking.
  • Improved infrastructure and data accuracy for patient care initiatives.

"As more and more healthcare providers and manufacturers partner to implement GS1 Standards, one notion is resoundingly clear – these critical data standards can be implemented now to achieve benefits in supply chain efficiency and potential contributions to clinical care," said case study co-author Alex Zimmerman, Director of Integrated Business Solutions, ROi.  "We hope the case study will provide a useful primer for those who want to understand the benef
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