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HealthPRO adopts supply chain standards

Organization will use ECCnet Registry for electronic exchange of healthcare product information


March 22, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

TORONTO: National healthcare purchasing organization HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc is adopting global GS1 supply chain standards. HealthPRO will use ECCnet Registry—managed by GS1 Canada—for the electronic exchange of healthcare and related product information to provide members with access to product data from a centralized registry.

ECCnet Registry is Canada’s national product registry, providing a single point of access between trading partners. ECCnet Registry enables manufacturers to load core product data, marketing and nutritional information from one central registry. Data recipients, including hospitals and other healthcare providers, can then use ECCnet Registry data to update their item master files with accurate, perpetually cleansed medical device, pharmacy and foodservice product data, communicated in a standardized format, regardless of which trading partner it comes from.

“Access to clean, correct product data is central to HealthPRO’s commitment to maximize the Canadian healthcare system’s resources,” said Cynthia Valaitis, VP of business development for HealthPRO. “ECCnet Registry will populate HealthPRO product information systems with accurate, trusted data, facilitating our members’ efforts to achieve decreased supply chain costs and faster order cycles while enhancing patient safety. We believe this move will generate significant value for healthcare providers and our healthcare system as a whole.”

This, HealthPro says, helps improve the ability to track and trace healthcare products. HealthPRO members across Canada have announced they will adopt ECCnet Registry, including Alberta Health Services; Health Shared Services BC; Eastern Health (Newfoundland and Labrador); and Capital District Health Authority (Nova Scotia).