Safer, more efficient care starts with a simple scan: Day 1 of the 36th Global GS1 Healthcare Conference in New Delhi

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Safer, more efficient care starts with a simple scan: Day 1 of the 36th Global GS1 Healthcare Conference in New Delhi

2019 – GS1, the leading global supply chain standards organisation, organised the 36th Global GS1 Healthcare conference in New Delhi, India, from 5 to 7 November 2019, following the theme of Safer, more efficient care starts with a simple scan. This unique event witnessed and welcomed regulatory bodies, international organisations and more than 330 participants from all around the world.

(L-R) Mr. Bhupinder S. Bhalla, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce,Govt. of India, and President, GS1 India; Dr. Vinod K Paul, Member (Health, Nutrition & Gender),
NITI Aayog, India; Marianne Timmons, President Industry Engagement & Standards Development, GS1 Global Office, US; Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India and Ulrike Kreysa,
Senior Vice-President Healthcare, GS1 Global Office, Belgium.


In her opening remarks Ulrike Kreysa, Senior Vice-President Healthcare at GS1 said, “The worldwide challenge of providing better care, with greater efficiency, for every patient has led to increasing activity in pharmaceutical traceability, supply chain, hospital management and UDI regulation. GS1 plays a leading role in these processes and our global conferences are an important platform to share experiences and knowledge.”
Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India in his welcome address said, “This 3-day conference provides an excellent opportunity for Indian pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Regulatory bodies, hospitals and medical professionals to hear on global developments in healthcare from distinguished speakers from across the world and to share their own experiences as well.”
The plenary session on the Day 1, delivered a wealth of information with very productive discussions on a number of issues related to enabling and enhancing patient safety through track and trace of medicines, medical devices etc.
In his keynote address at the inaugural, Dr. Vinod K Paul, Member (Health, Nutrition & Gender), NITI Aayog, India informed of the Ayushman Bharat – world’s biggest healthcare initiative which provides healthcare coverage to more than half a billion people in India. Statistically, 1/3 of an individual’s average income in our country gets spent on medical expenditure for her/himself and her/his family, driving the individual into debt. The Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated family healthcare system and increased access to healthcare in the
country. In just its first year of implementation, over 5.6 million have benefitted from the scheme.
Dr. Paul also stated that India needs to align and integrate with GS1’s philosophy on benchmarks, standards and the notion of one and connected world for commodities, quality assurance, patient safety, supply chain fidelity along with a desire to work together to ensure that patients in India are treated in hospitals which are safe.
Speaking at the conference on Indian Track and Trace Systems for Exports, Ms. Tripti Nakhare, Senior General Manager- Regulatory Affairs FDC Limited, a forerunner in manufacturing and marketing of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Ophthalmic said, “In India, DGFT guidelines ensure serialisation and barcoding for medicine export market whereas it is currently it is voluntary for the domestic market. There is a huge market for counterfeit medicine in the country, to eliminate that what needs to be ensured is the security of the supply chain end to end. We see authentication is easily possible in a controlled supply but to an end user, it still remains a challenge. To do away with counterfeit products, consumer awareness is essential. We are activity seeking innovation to make this end to end safety possible.”

The plenary session on the Day 1, delivered a wealth of information with very productive discussions on a number of issues related to enabling and enhancing patient safety through track and trace of medicines, medical devices etc.
In his keynote address at the inaugural, Dr. Vinod K Paul, Member (Health, Nutrition & Gender), NITI Aayog, India informed of the Ayushman Bharat – world’s biggest healthcare initiative which provides healthcare coverage to more than half a billion people in India. Statistically, 1/3 of an
individual’s average income in our country gets spent on medical expenditure for her/himself and her/his family, driving the individual into debt. The Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated family healthcare system and increased access to healthcare in the country. In just its first year of implementation, over 5.6 million have benefitted from the scheme.
Dr. Paul also stated that India needs to align and integrate with GS1’s philosophy on benchmarks, standards and the notion of one and connected world for commodities, quality assurance, patient safety, supply chain fidelity along with a desire to work together to ensure that patients in India are treated in hospitals which are safe.
Speaking at the conference on Indian Track and Trace Systems for Exports, Ms. Tripti Nakhare, Senior General Manager- Regulatory Affairs FDC Limited, a forerunner in manufacturing and marketing of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Ophthalmic said, “In India, DGFT guidelines ensure serialisation and barcoding for medicine export market whereas it is currently it is voluntary for the domestic market. There is a huge market for counterfeit medicine in the country, to eliminate that what needs to be ensured is the security of the supply chain end to end. We see authentication is easily possible in a controlled supply but to an end user, it still remains a challenge. To do away with counterfeit products, consumer awareness is essential. We are activity seeking innovation to make this end to end safety possible.”

Serving as a foundational source of information, the event seeks to address track and trace of medicine through adoption of barcode tech and GS1 global standards, delivering quality and affordable healthcare by hospitals, through universal and unique identification of medical devices with a special think tank session of regulators from over 35 countries worldwide to develop and harmonize standards in unique identification of medicines, their authentication and their uniform legislations which can significantly enhance patient safety worldwide.
The complete programme of the 36th Global GS1 Healthcare conference can be found at:
www.healthcare-event.gs1.org/
Don’t miss out on our social media conversation #GS1HCNewDelhi.
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