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Product registry launched in bid to help patient safety, reduce health system costs

Senior representatives of the Canadian healthcare sector have finalized plans for the launch of what they call the "most comprehensive registry of healthcare product data of its kind in Canada."


May 4, 2011  


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Senior representatives of the Canadian healthcare sector have finalized plans for the launch of what they call the “most comprehensive registry of healthcare product data of its kind in Canada.”

Managed by global supply chain standards body GS1 Canada, the Canadian Healthcare Product Registry (CHPR) will launch this fall. Based on global GS1 standards, and built according to GS1 Canada’s model for driving data accuracy, organizers say it will improve patient safety and save money across the Canadian healthcare system.

“Currently, many healthcare institutions and their suppliers use internally-developed codes to identify products such as latex gloves and surgical instruments in their systems,” said David Loukras, Provincial Director, Performance, Integration & Transformation, Health Shared Services BC.

“This data is then used in purchasing, shipping, receiving, storing and bedside use of healthcare products. This process is repeated by hundreds of suppliers and hospitals across Canada. This fragmented approach increases the potential for error and therefore inefficiencies and patient risk into the healthcare system.”

Data in the registry will range from medical/surgical data to categories already available through GS1 Canada, such as grocery, pharmacy and foodservice data.