Healthcare providers are under constant pressure to provide good quality care with less costs, and it is important to reduce errors and optimize processes. Manufacturers on the other hand are faced with an avalanche of requirements from various countries with different regulations, languages and business needs.
The ECHO (Extending the Collaboration of Healthcare Organisations) initiative focuses on harmonising market strategies and data requirements across borders in order to maximise the benefits of using the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN), the global standard for data exchange.
One approach fits all
ECHO is a collaboration of GS1 Member Organisations together with healthcare stakeholders to align efforts and create a clear strategy in the exchange of product data via GDSN.
The initiative allows parties to get on board and directly benefit from international harmonisation and an international network committed to leading the Healthcare market in data exchange. ECHO:
Promotes the use of readily available data
Encourages mutual understanding
Advises starting small and growing together
Covers multiple use cases in Healthcare including regulations
Utilises the GS1 network, knowledge and support to bring parties together
Incorporating ECHO by healthcare stakeholders:
Reduces implementation lead times from 9 months to a couple of weeks
Focuses on quality, not quantity
Reduces efforts required
Unites team members across the world
Supports in unifying local and global strategies
Improves project outcomes
Dedicated international team
The ECHO project team, at the GS1 Member Organisations level, is a dedicated group of GS1 Healthcare project managers who are committed to leading their markets, local working groups and stakeholders to embrace the ECHO initiative. The project team works closely with multinational manufacturers and care providers to ensure support.
As part of the strategy, the team gathers the data requirements per country within the local working groups. These requirements are harmonised within the ECHO team, with the goal of maximal benefit per year. The data model is updated once a year and all parties are encouraged to incorporate and strategically prepare for the yearly updated ECHO data model.