Solutions to Support Industry

As a reflection of the ongoing collaboration and support of the healthcare industry and our members, GS1 Australia has been involved in development and ongoing hosting of several industry solutions. Where a service has been specifically implemented to support Healthcare it is provided by GS1 Australia with governance from the healthcare industry, via working groups led by the Australian Digital Health Agency.

National Product Catalogue (NPC)

The National Product Catalogue was implemented to assist the healthcare industry to support the need for standardised, supplier managed data across the whole of the healthcare value chain. It was initially designed to suit the needs of public health and private health institutions, wholesalers and distributors seeking to purchase medicines, medical devices, consumables and other necessary items for healthcare to run efficiently. The National Product Catalogue in healthcare enables the sharing of quality standard data required to link physical products to clinical practice as well as supporting quality processes & analytics within health. 

For more information contact us or visit the National Product Catalogue in Healthcare page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency

National Location Registry

Originally developed as Locatenet in partnership with the healthcare industry as a means for sharing accurate location information between organisations within healthcare, the National Location Registry builds upon this as a multi sector platform. The Global Location Numbers (GLN) and other key location information it contains provides the foundation to ensure all parties (organisations) and places (physical locations) are able to be clearly identified across the whole of healthcare.  This identifier enables traceability and underpins streamlined business processes such as implementation of eProcurement/EDI, and sharing the master data related to locations ensure that the related efficiencies are possible. The National Location Registry has additional functionality specific to improving the way freight is managed across Australia, adding further value to this service for the healthcare sector.

For more information contact us or visit the National Location Registry in Healthcare page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency.

Recall Health

Recall management is a critical part of the healthcare industry that ensures the safety of all patients and consumers. Recall Health is an electronic product recall management solution that was developed in consultation with industry to support the electronic communication and management of healthcare product recalls. The system allows for recall or withdrawal notifications to be quickly and accurately issued by sponsors in accordance with TGA requirements for therapeutic goods and assists receiver organisations in managing their processes to action and report on their recalls.

For more information contact us or visit the Recall Health page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency.

eProcurement/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

To help automate transactional processes, with the assistance from National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA) and the Australian Digital Health Agency, the industry defined harmonised guidelines for trading via electronic messaging. GS1 XML has been endorsed by the industry as the preferred document format for Australia's health eProcurement/EDI solution within hospitals, whilst many Retail Pharmacy organisations utilise EANCOM standard (based in EDIFACT). Regardless of the messaging standard adopted use Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) as the primary identifier for products and Global Location Number (GLNS) for parties and places are critical in ensuring interoperability across the industry.

For more on the whole of industry approach and specific guidelines visit Australian Digital Health Agency

To get started download the toolkit or for more information or assistance contact us.

Buying organisations who are looking to grow and support their supplier community and streamline their onboarding process may consider a web based community management portal

Barcode Check

The increased requirement of digitised processes and traceability, plus growth in regulatory requirements for unique identification, mean that scanning is becoming an increasingly important part of ensuring accuracy and safety in healthcare. Making sure that the barcode is the right type and that the data that it should contain are correctly encoded can often be a challenge for companies who are embarking on this for the first time.

The GS1 General Specifications and GS1 Healthcare. provide much of the technical information that is needed to support the process, however it can still be a challenge to get it right.

The expert team at GS1 can assist in supporting manufacturers and solution providers in ensuring the barcode can be encoded and decoded throughout the end-to-end process by translating the technical into practical advice and by providing technical reports if needed.

For free advice you can contact us on 1300 227 263 or email technical.

You might also consider using the Barcode Check service as part of your quality assurance process either initially or ongoing. For more information you can download a flyer or visit the webpage.