GS1 Global Location Numbers are expected to improve supply chain performance
There’s a new global healthcare standard that will change how hospitals, clinical laboratories, and pathology groups get supplies from vendors. This standard will be launched as part of the GLN Healthcare Sunrise. It is an example of how the globalization of healthcare is about to take another significant step forward.
Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers should take time to learn about GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs). This will be a new standard and the GS1 Healthcare US Workgroup has declared that, as of December 31, 2010, all those involved in health care supply chain operations are expected to adopt the use of GLNs in lieu of custom account/location numbers. The first step is to standardize healthcare location information by December 31, 2010. This event is referred to as the GLN Healthcare Sunrise.