Two months into a push by health care supply chain proponents to get industry adoption in 2010 of a Global Location Number (GLN), 556 organizations are amending their business processes and technologies to become compliant, according to standards development organization GS1, Lawrenceville, N.J.

GLNs were developed to identify the location of a product or service, even down to bins, shelves, peg holes or racks. At least 10 group purchasing organizations have committed to adopting GLNs by Dec. 31, 2010. They include 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.

GSI also has developed the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), identifying specific products or services, with the goal of industry adoption by Dec. 31, 2012.

Providers that have agreed to adopt GLNs this year and GTINs by the end of 2012 include Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Sisters of Mercy. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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