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.

GPOs adopting the measures are AmeriNet Inc., Child Health Corporation of America, Consorta Inc., GNYHA Services, HealthTrust Purchasing Group, MedAssets Inc., Novation LLC, Premier Inc., Provista and Hospital Purchasing Service (HPS).

Proponents of more standardization also have set a "soft" adoption date of Dec. 31, 2012, for the standardized Global Trade Item Numbers from GS1. The GTIN will identify specific products or services.

Online health care supply ordering network vendor GHX, Louisville, Colo., has published two educational papers to walk suppliers and providers through adoption of Global Location Numbers, either on GHX's exchange or another.

The educational papers were developed during a series of GLN enablement pilot tests GHX conducted with customers. The papers are available at ghx.com.

--Joseph Goedert


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