GS1 Healthcare US Names New Leader

GS1 US has appointed Siobhan O’Bara as vice president, healthcare. O’Bara is now responsible for setting strategy and ensuring achievement of operating results for GS1 Healthcare US, including supporting GS1 Standards implementation initiatives
across the U.S. healthcare industry, the standards organization reported in a press release. 

“Siobhan is an accomplished leader with over 20 years’ experience in supply chain, logistics and operations management,” said Gay Whitney, senior vice president, Industry Engagement, GS1 US, in the press release. “With her track record of successful change management, her deep industry understanding of the complexity of the healthcare supply chain, and her hands-on experience with data standards, Siobhan’s perspective will be a real asset to the organizations in the GS1 Healthcare US initiative. We are very pleased to have her join our team, and look forward to her strategic contributions.”

O’Bara previously served as vice president, Customer Operations and Supply Chain Systems and Solutions, for Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products. During her 15 years at Covidien, O’Bara also managed supply chain functions at multiple Covidien divisions, including medical supplies, retail, imaging, pharmaceutical, and respiratory technologies. She has been involved in programs in customer care, transportation, planning, global replenishment, distribution operations, and supply chain systems, with expertise in acquisitions, integrations, and business process development. O’Bara started her career at Cardinal Health, where she held positions in marketing, purchasing, and logistics operations in the company’s New England market.

“This is an exciting time for the healthcare industry, as providers, manufacturers, distributors, software vendors, and everyone in between work to implement GS1 standards to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and support patient safety efforts,” O’Bara said. “With such national attention on healthcare data visibility and transparency, and improved security in the medical/surgical and pharmaceutical supply chains, GS1 Healthcare US has an unprecedented opportunity to guide industry efforts and make a real change in U.S. healthcare.”

O'Bara takes over for Ed Miles.

GS1 Healthcare US consists of healthcare industry distributors, wholesalers, group purchasing organizations, healthcare providers, industry associations, manufacturers, pharmacies, government agencies and solution providers. Since 2008, GS1 Healthcare US has grown from 81 member companies to 147. GS1 Healthcare US members are currently working on widespread implementation of standards for location and account number accuracy, product information, and unique device identification (UDI), as well as readiness initiatives for product serialization and drug pedigree requirements. For more information: http://www.gs1us.org/healthcare.

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