Transformation with GS1 Standards: Franciscan Missionaries Case Study

GS1 StandardsThe Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) is a non-profit healthcare system serving more than half of Louisiana’s population. Challenged by the rising costs and growing complexity of delivering quality healthcare, FMOLHS needed to improve its operational efficiencies, control costs, and remain focused on what mattered most—the safety and care of its patients.

Using GS1 Standards and standardization is a win-win in automating our business and clinical processes. It’s a win for the patient in increased safety, it’s a win for the nurses and clinicians in time-savings, accuracy and tracking. It’s a win for the physicians that information is captured in a patient’s record and they can match outcomes to products and procedures. It’s a win for hospital management because data helps shape policies and protocols.(Sandi Michel, System Director of Supply Chain Strategy, FMOLHS)

Working closely with its suppliers and GS1 Healthcare US® Initiative Solution Providers, the health system laid a firm standards-based foundation that integrated with its software-based systems, to manage and control product inventory and location information. FMOLHS is now able to share accurate and complete product data within its system and with its suppliers—making sure that the right products are delivered just-in-time for use, to the right patients and correct procedures.

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