Supply chain leaders meeting at the GS1 Healthcare US Workgroup Forum in Chicago announced that the tools are in place for industry-wide implementation of the GS1 Global Location Number by the 2010 GLN Sunrise date of Dec. 31, 2010.
The 2010 milestone was established by industry leaders to drive the adoption of the GS1 Global Location Number (GLN) standard for the identification of facility locations in the U.S. healthcare supply chain.
“With eight months left to reach the GLN Sunrise, the industry has the tools needed to
successfully take the steps to implement the GLN,” said John Terwilliger, Abbott
Laboratories and co-chair of the GS1 Healthcare US Location ID (GLN) Workgroup.
“Whether you are a hospital or manufacturer, you have the information you need to start
speaking the same language with everyone else in the supply chain when it comes to
location identification numbers. All the tools are in place to support a successful 2010
GLN Sunrise, including tool kits, implementation guides, case studies and education,” Terwilliger said.
The announcement was made by the GS1 Healthcare US Leadership Team under the
advisement of its related GLN workgroups, composed of voluntary industry members
representing hospitals, manufacturers, distributors group purchasing organizations, and industry associations.
“The healthcare industry is changing the way it does business in order to improve
patient safety, increase supply-chain efficiency, and reduce costs,” said Joe Dudas,
director of accounting and supply chain informatics, Mayo Clinic and member of the
GS1 Healthcare US Leadership Team.
“Not only does the industry have what it needs to meet the 2010 GLN Sunrise, there is a vast willingness to share lessons learned from implementation that goes above and beyond the spirit of collaboration,” he added.
The GLN standard is a 13-digit, globally recognized number used in place of custom
account/location numbers to identify legal entities and locations in electronic commerce
activities. Use of the GLN provides reliable and consistent location information. The information is important for patient safety, as it helps ensure the proper delivery of products to the right location, and allows trading partners to improve supply-chain efficiencies.
The healthcare industry is working toward four major end-of-year 2010 GLN Sunrise goals:
• GLNs are assigned by location owners.
• GLN hierarchy is defined and maintained by location owners.
• GLN Registry for Healthcare® is used to facilitate correct location identification.
• GLNs are used in appropriate business transactions and processes between
About the Industry-Accepted Sunrise Dates for GS1 Standards:
To improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency, organizations and companies
throughout the U.S. healthcare supply chain have announced their support to adopt
GS1 Standards by the industry-accepted sunrise dates of 2010 for the GLN to
standardize location identification and 2012 for the GS1 Global Trade Item Number®
(GTIN®) to standardize product identification. Healthcare organizations seeking more
information and educational materials about GLN or GTIN implementation should visit
Healthcare US member organizations and Leadership Team members, visit
About GS1 Healthcare US:
GS1 Healthcare US is an industry group that focuses on driving the adoption and
implementation of GS1 Standards in the healthcare industry in the United States to
improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. GS1 Healthcare US brings together
members from all segments of the healthcare industry to address the supply chain
issues that most impact healthcare in the United States. Facilitated by GS1 US, GS1
Healthcare US is one of 24 local GS1 Healthcare user groups around the world that
supports the adoption and implementation of global standards developed by GS1.
About GS1 US:
GS1 US is a not-for-profit organization that brings industry communities together to
solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1
standards. More than 200,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security
and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through
GS1 US solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems,
barcodes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic
information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products