Here’s another sign of the inevitable: GHX, LLC has announced plans to become part of GS1′s Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) as a GDSN-certified data pool for the healthcare industry. That’s from this news release issued today. Permit me however to cull one brief excerpt from the news item in order to size the scope and importance of this news:
Globally, GHX is connected to over 5,000 hospitals in North America and nine European countries. This includes hospitals representing more than 80 percent of the licensed beds in the US and the suppliers that sell more than 85 percent of the products purchased regularly by hospitals.
Increasingly it seems to me that healthcare organizations and their product providers unprepared for global GS1 adoption by January 2010 are going to have to call in sick.