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Mohawk implements global trade number standard

Pilot project to begin at Ontario hospitals


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May 4, 2012
by MM&D staff

TORONTO, Ontario: Mohawk Supply Chain Services will be starting a new pilot project in over a dozen hospitals that will trial the use of a worldwide trade standard.

Mohawk is adopting the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as its product identification designation system. GTIN is a 14-digit number displayed as a barcode.

The second part of the program will see the chosen Ontario hospitals sign up to ECCnetRegistry. ECCnet is an electronic data and information network managed by GS1 Canada, a not-for-profit organization industry body. It has been in existence since 2002. Retailers and distributors upload product data to ECCnet so it can used by purchasers and inventory managers.

The hospitals will use ECCnet and the GTIN to update their item master files with standardized, accurate, and perpetually cleansed product data.

“A hospital’s item master file—which stores information about products—is the heart of its supply chain. As the shared service organization (SSO) for 15 hospitals in Ontario, if one hospital item master file contains errors, our entire supply chain is negatively impacted,” explained Susan Smith, general manager, Mohawk Supply Chain Services. “By using ECCnet Registry, our members will have access to accurate and trusted product data for their item master files, offering the opportunity for decreasing supply chain costs, faster order cycles and enhanced patient safety.”

The participating hospitals are:

  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Guelph General Hospital
  • Grand River Hospital Corporation
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital
  • Niagara Health System
  • St Joseph’s Health Centre (Guelph)
  • St Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton)
  • St Mary’s General Hospital
  • St Michael’s Hospital (Toronto)
  • Wellington Health Care Alliance
  • Groves Memorial Community Hospital
  • North Wellington Health Care
  • West Haldimand General Hospital
  • West Lincoln Memorial Hospital