The announcement was made by the GS1 Healthcare US Leadership Team under the
advisement of its' related GLN workgroups, composed of voluntary industry members,
at this week's GS1 Healthcare US Workgroup Forum in Chicago.
The GLN standard is a 13-digit, globally recognized number used in place of custom
account/location numbers to identify legal entities and locations in electronic commerce
activities. Use of the GLN provides reliable and consistent location information -
important for patient safety, as it helps ensure the proper delivery of products to the
right location, and allows trading partners to improve supply-chain efficiencies. The
healthcare industry is working toward four major end-of-year 2010 GLN Sunrise goals:
• GLNs are assigned by location owners.
• GLN hierarchy is defined and maintained by location owners.
• GLN Registry for Healthcare® is used to facilitate correct location identification.
• GLNs are used in appropriate business transactions and processes between
“With eight months left to reach the GLN Sunrise, the industry has the tools needed to
successfully take the steps to implement the GLN,” said John Terwilliger, Abbott
Laboratories and co-chair of the GS1 Healthcare US Location ID (GLN) Workgroup.
“Whether you are a hospital or manufacturer, you have the information you need to start
speaking the same language with everyone else in the supply chain when it comes to
location identification numbers. All the tools are in place to support a successful 2010
GLN Sunrise, including tool kits, implementation guides, case studies and education.”
“The healthcare industry is changing the way it does business in order to improve
patient safety, increase supply-chain efficiency, and reduce costs,” said Joe Dudas,
director of accounting and supply chain informatics, Mayo Clinic and member of the
GS1 Healthcare US Leadership Team. “Not only does the industry have what it needs
to meet the 2010 GLN Sunrise, there is a vast willingness to share lessons learned from
implementation that goes above and beyond the spirit of collaboration.”