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Streamlining the Global Healthcare Data Supply Chain to Comply with Safety and Traceability Mandates

Article originally featured in Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor.

The demand for robust product information is pervasive. It touches every industry and comes from multiple facets – end consumers to global governments – and the healthcare industry is no exception. Patients are no longer simply recipients of care, but active participants requiring access to rich product information to make informed decisions about their health, care and wellness.

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The Power of 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud

As an avid reader of Bloomberg Businessweek, I was excited to see cloud technology, code, data management, everything that we, 1WorldSync, live and breathe, dominating the June 2015 issue. It got me thinking, how do we as a world, as an industry, as a business, educate decision makers on:

  • ‘Understanding and unlocking’ the value of the cloud?
  • Understanding the power and presence of data?

It is a new frontier, a ‘Data Revolution’, and the healthcare industry, specifically, is on the proverbial cliff ready to jump in head first. With the ongoing transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, supply chain has become a key component to meeting organizational goals by driving clinical value, implementing innovation, and delivering operational efficiency. In order to fulfil its multifaceted objectives, supply chain is engaging with various stakeholders in pursuit of a common mission to foster a coordinated healthcare delivery system. Specifically, the impact of the ‘Data Revolution’ and the ‘Big Data’ explosion on the healthcare industry has spurred the creation of governmental and regulatory mandates, such as the Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation set forth by the FDA. The UDI regulation require all medical device manufacturers to publish complete and accurate product information to the Global UDI Database (GUDID). To comply with the regulation, all medical device manufacturers must publish all required medical device product attributes to the GUDID by the specified time or face strong consequences.

Whether it’s in the form of regulatory compliance, seamless deployment along the supply chain, expanded storage, or collaborative networks or solutions, companies and businesses are looking to improve their top and bottom lines, and trusted product information is proving itself as a time and cost saver with the ability to help businesses grow. This is the core of 1WorldSync services and solutions. By building genuine business relationships and developing detailed strategic solutions 1WorldSync services address the most critical challenges within organizations in support of supply chain efficiency and regulatory compliance.

Join 1WorldSync at AHRMM15 to explore key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on supply chain perspective. Visit 1WorldSync at booth 924 and learn how the leaders in data pool management solutions and services can support your business for trusted product information exchange.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

OUR Mission:

To be the Healthcare industry leader in product information exchange and the change agent that drives the industry forward through global regulatory compliance and improving healthcare standards.

Transparency in the Era of Mobile and Social

Blog originally featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive business magazine on July 7, 2015.

Information flows quicker and easier than it ever did before. Long gone are the days when we heard about yesterday’s news in the morning paper. Asking someone for directions seems like a quaint ritual of our parents. Asking a hotel concierge for dining recommendations feels like a chore.

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Transparency – The New Consumer and Corporate Social Mandate

For some time now we have been living in an era of Transparency. Transparency in our policies and procedures, transparency in the business practices we operate, and transparency in the products and services we buy in business and in our daily lives. The transparent manner in which consumers expect to discover, buy and express opinions about products or services is the new norm for any business that expects to flourish in the mobile social economy.

Product information is in demand throughout the entire discover-to-review lifecycle, and at virtually every touch point of the consumer experience. Understanding the importance and value of product information transparency and its accessibility is simple, however, delivering it efficiently and seamlessly is anything but simple. Businesses must revisit the manner in which product information is created, exploded, standardized, quality assured and syndicated to all parties that enable the consumer experience.

Consumer demand for transparency and accountability is forcing businesses and entire industries to revisit the way product information is sourced, aggregated, distributed and labeled. Years ago, the seller was in control as purchase decisions were based on the availability, convenience and brand. The paradigm has shifted, and with an abundance of choice in front of them, consumers are making selections not simply on brand or availability, but on the attributes about the product. 

Compounding this even further, a plethora of global legal and regulatory mandates have been put into place, requiring Brand Owners and Sellers to comply with product information centric regulations. For example, EU Food Regulation 1169 or FDA’s Unique Device Identification. Such regulations are another compelling force for companies all around the globe to take a closer look at the digital information chain that accompanies their products as they pass along transitional and new Omni-channels to market.

For 1WorldSync, product information transparency gets to the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to empower global businesses and consumers with trusted product information that enables improved decision making, efficiency, health and well-being.

Our Product Information Cloud platform purpose was built to deliver syndicated product information solutions and services to customers around the globe that rely on product information to power their businesses. For many of our 16,000 customers, the ability to mobilize a product information transparency program is a logical next step on top of the solid product information management foundations they have built with us over the last decade or more.

Every industry we operate in is actively investing in software and processes transformation that enables transparency. From the product development, to aggregation and management of product data at the manufacturer to setting up an item for sale at a retail or online store, to presenting that information to the consumer.

It is such a hot topic this year that we have made it the focus of our annual customer user conferences in both the USA at GS1 Connect, and in our EMEA customer event alongside ECR Europe this year. 

Ask the Experts at GS1 Connect

“Ask the Experts” about Major Release 3 at 1WorldSync Annual User Group and GS1 Connect Conference

Major Release 3 at GS1 Connect

Major Release 3 will be a big topic of conversation at the 1WorldSync Annual User Group and GS1 Connect.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to interact with 1WorldSync MjR3 experts 1-on-1 and in group sessions.

Every year, 1WorldSync hosts its Annual User Group conference co-located with GS1 Connect.  This year, the events will be held in Austin, Texas.  If you haven’t yet registered, sign up today.

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A Better Way to Find Stuff Online

Finding and comparing products online is far more frustrating than it needs to be.  Especially if you’re trying to find the online version of a product you found in the store. There is almost no correlation between the offline product world and the online product world. I can say this confidently, because I found out from personal experience recently. Continue reading

How to Be MjR3 Ready!

1WorldSync understands the implications of Major Release 3 for its diverse community of trading partners. The impact to each organization may be very different depending on what attributes they support and what interface they have into their data pool.  1WorldSync is helping its community Be MjR3 Ready by breaking it down into three steps and providing the support needed to successfully complete each step along the way. Continue reading

Identifying the Barcode gets Easier!

Today when communicating the Barcode (many times referred to as the UPC or EAN) as part of the information about a product, the type of bar code must also be specified:

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Confusion may result on how to properly identify the Barcode.

With the upcoming GDSN Major Release, the EAN.UCC identification attribute gets easier!  A simple identification of whether the UPC/EAN is 14, 13, 12, or 8 digit GTIN needs only to be supplied:

GTINS

Easier?  We hope so!

A reminder that 1WorldSync will be implementing this and many more updates to the standard with the upcoming Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN ™) Major Release 3.  Find out more by visiting  http://campaign.1worldsync.com/major-release-3/

 

GDSN Attributes 101: A Quick Count

There are 1,100 GS1/GDSN standard product attributes.  But don’t quote me on this.  That’s because the count is approximate, and growing.  More importantly, the 1,100 calculation requires several scoping and definitional qualifiers.

A GS1/GDSN standard product attribute can be defined as a product item attribute that has been “approved” and “modeled.”  “Approved” means the attribute has been approved by industry through the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP).  “Modeled” means that the GS1 Global Office  has developed the formatting structure, data type and defined valid values, if applicable, for the attribute.  Some attributes have been approved, but not yet modeled or published in the GS1 Global Data Dictionary.

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Shifting paradigm in healthcare

1WorldSync had the great pleasure of attending the Annual AHRMM Conference August 3-6, 2014. There was a lot of valuable information shared, but above all, it was clear that the Healthcare Industry is well on its way to realizing the benefits of GS1 Standards and eventually, the GDSN.

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