Healthcare Locatenet moving to National Location Registry

Unique identification and easily accessible accurate location and party data has become increasingly important to healthcare around the world. The need has been driven by increased focus on global traceability of medical products, the implementation of automated processes and the application of more digitisation and data sharing along the supply chain from manufacturing to patient.

Australia acknowledged this need many years ago. The work carried out under the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA) supply chain stream recognised the need for the use of a unique identifier for locations and parties that was consistent nationally. They chose the Global Location Number (GLN) as the global standard for this purpose and worked with GS1 to develop a data sharing platform called ‘Locatenet’ that would allow for these identifiers and associated data to be easily shared in a consistent fashion.

Designed to support all healthcare organisations across Australia in their ‘digitisation’ the combination of the GLN and the Locatenet platform ensure interoperability of data used to support supply chain processes, eProcurement (EDI) implementations, the identity needs within data synchronisation (which is facilitated by the National Product Catalogue) and was foundational for the future traceability needs emerging in the sector. The implementation has been gradual over the past decade, increasing in pace more recently with the many supply chain improvement projects and much greater local focus on creating visibility, ensuring traceability and building interoperable data foundations.

Further use and improvements are on the way
Over time many other sectors and stakeholders have also become aware of the need for the identifiers and structured data to support process improvement within the supply chain. Most recently the freight and logistics industry in Australia have been working together collaboratively to similarly map the data standards and requirements to support their greater accuracy of data and overall transport system interoperability. This has resulted in a Single Freight Data Standard for the National Digital Framework and in the upgrading of the Locatenet platform to the National Location Registry.

For the healthcare sector this delivers another layer of value to the use of GLNs and the sharing of structured location related master data. Where in the past sharing via Locatenet was only between healthcare organisations, this new platform includes the use of this data by freight and logistics companies – effectively allowing for the ability to immediately update freight and logistics providers and trading partners with details related to physical locations as and when they change. The benefits of this are less manual processes to share this information and ensuring consistency and interoperability of the data that underpins efficiency and safety across the sector.

What actions should you take?

Current subscription to Locatenet
For organisations with current subscriptions to Locatenet, your access and data will be ported across to the new platform in September 2021. Ahead of this, please review your data in the existing platform so that the users and location data are ready for the transition process. 
For support contact the Locatenet support team

Not currently subscribed to Locatenet
If you are currently not subscribed to access Locatenet (or are unsure if you have access) you can still subscribe to Locatenet ahead of the new platform going live. This ensures your data can be shared now with your trading partners in healthcare and is also ready for use by your freight and logistics partners when the National Location Registry is operational later in 2021.
To find out more contact us or visit Locatenet in Healthcare   or download the Locatenet in Healthcare flyer.
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How Global Location Numbers are used with in Healthcare

The origins of Locatenet, here is the original communique from NeHTA