There are several identification keys used in healthcare. Some standards are the same as those found in retail, but some have specific applications for healthcare where patients' lives matter.
GS1 standards are open, global, proven and simple.
- Open, technology-independent standards enable full interoperability and compatibility. End users are not tied to proprietary solutions and R&D resources can be released for other value-added developments once standards are adopted.
- Healthcare is by nature a global industry, with supply chains that often cross borders. A globally standardised traceability system, from production to patient treatment, is imperative to meet the increasing regulatory requirements for product traceability around the world. In the case of cross-border trade, a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) can be used to identify that product in any country without any restrictions or errors.
- The GS1 system is one that has proven its robustness over the past 30+ years in various sectors worldwide.