Ten group purchasing organizations that are members of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association have announced they are ready to adopt standardized Global Location Numbers by Dec. 31, 2010.

That's the non-regulatory date that proponents of more standardized identifiers in the health care supply chain industry set for initial adoption of the GLN from standards development organization GS1, Lawrenceville, N.J. The GLN was developed to identify the location of a product or service, even down to bins, shelves, peg holes or racks.

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