The Healthcare industry, both public service and private, has been transformed in recent years though the adoption of GS1 Standards, Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), Unique Device Identification (UDI), Serialization and electronic procurement (eProcurement) initiatives. Following in the wake of similar success in the retail and CPG sector, the Healthcare industry can now benefit from efficiency gains in supply chain operations and a reduction in adverse events, ultimately saving lives and reducing costs.
With the adoption of such initiatives, an unprecedented demand has been placed upon medical device manufacturers worldwide to comply with requests to supply product item data according to legislation, regulation and standards. The main drive since 2014 has been the requirement to register medical devices into the FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).
What this means is, manufacturers now need to manage an ever increasing quantity of attributes that describe an individual product, then assemble those attributes according to a trading partner’s requirements and publish to various supply chain entities.
The vast majority of initiatives in place require medical device manufacturers to adopt the use of GS1 Standards to uniquely identify their products and locations. The Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and Global Location Number (GLN) are key enablers, and without them it will become near-in impossible to conduct business.
The Healthcare Industry Solution is used by medical device manufacturers to capture and manage medical device product information. It allows users to publish to the FDA GUDID and other recipients on the GDSN, including GPO’s, Hospitals and even UK NHS Trusts in the process of adopting the Department of Health’s eProcurement Strategy.
SyncManager has now tamed the complexity; all of our product data is validated, enriched and organized in one central place.