GS1 Keys in Healthcare

GTIN (Global Trade Item Number)

used to identify trade items. Trade items are product or service upon which there is a need to retrieve pre-defined information and that may be priced, or ordered, or invoiced at any information on data carriers to uniquely identify a healthcare product along with a serial number, lot/batch number and expiry date and can be used for pharmaceutical products and medical devices. The GTIN is also used for electronic commerce.

GLN (Global Location Number)

used to identify any physical or legal locations involved in a given transaction. For example; the order originator, the product shipping location, the unloading location and the final delivery destination (hospital, medical care unit, warehouse, etc).

SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code)

used to identify logistic units. A logistic unit is an item of any composition established for transport and/or storage that needs to be managed through the supply chain. In the supply chain to easily identify logistics shipping units consisting of multiple products, enabling quick and easy identification, tracking of deliveries and receipt of goods. This key is used with a data carrier for automatic identification and data capture and in electronic commerce.

GRAI (Global Returnable Asset Identifier)

used to identify returnable assets such as roll cages, tote boxes and parcels used to ship products into and among hospitals. This key enables automatic identification and data capture to be used for tracking the movement of assets.

GIAI (Global Individual Asset Identifier)

used to identify an individual asset such as patient monitoring devices, infusion pumps and x-ray machines. This key enables automatic identification and data capture to be used for inventory control and management.

GDTI (Global Document Type Identifier)

used to identify a document type and could be used to identify medical documents such as patient records, prescriptions and discharge notices. This key enables automatic identification and data capture of records.

GSRN (Global Service Relation Number)

used to identify the relationship between a service provider and service recipient. For example it could be used for the relationship between a hospital and services provided to a patient such as room charges, treatments, medical tests. This key enables automatic identification and data capture to be used for billing purposes.


Automatic identification in Healthcare