The GS1 Healthcare datapool is growing rapidly – here is why

The Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) continues to grow in healthcare. Over the last year, the increase in GTINs represents a 25% annual growth. This growth is mostly fueled by the medical device industry. They continue to lead the use of GDSN to communicate trusted product information to their customers (such as hospitals and distributors). Also, they aim to use certified data pools to register product information in regulatory databases. 

Next, to the medical device industry, the pharmaceutical industry also shows great interest in using GDSN. Their interest is guided by the need to exchange master data about products as a foundation for various industry initiatives, including traceability and serialisation. Moreover, donor organisations request the use of GDSN to ensure a secure exchange of product data. 

Why you need to use the GS1 Data Source Healthcare

GS1 Healthcare helps manufacturers and healthcare providers with their data standards to comply with various (inter)national legislation and agreements. Think of the Dutch Implant Registry (LIR), the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), and the Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). With the GS1 Data Source Healthcare, GS1 offers a central datapool for exchanging product data and ensures users that their data comply with these (inter)national laws and regulations. 

As the MDR and IVDR will both go into effect on the 26th of May 2020, healthcare institutions and healthcare providers in the Netherlands need to register product data in the National Implants Register (Dutch: LIR – Landelijk Implantaten Register). To register product data to the LIR, healthcare providers need to receive product data stored in the GS1 Healthcare datapool and process this data in their internal systems. However, we often see that many hospitals find it a challenge to extract data from the GS1 data pools.

How SRC System Integrators helps

With SRC-PIM, we can make sure you automatically publish and receive GDS / GS1 Healthcare data. Our data models are fully compliant with all validations and attributes of the GS1 Health data model and continually updated . This ensures that the quality of your data in SRC-PIM is always in order. This was one of the reasons the NFU (Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra) choose to use SRC-PIM to comply to the requirements of the MDR. 

Read here how the NFU uses SRC-PIM to comply to the MDR

However, receiving and validating product data is the first step. You also need to process, and if necessary, enrich this data in your internal systems. With dataflow we enable you to extract data from the GS1 datapools and transfer the right data to the right internal systems. 

What is dataflow? Dataflow is our generic term for a system that ensures that data is published flawlessly to the right channels. With dataflow, you can receive the desired product data in the correct format. Next, you can define which data you would like to receive in your ERP and other systems. The result? All data flows directly from the data pool into your internal systems.