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Mohawk Supply Chain Services Adopting Global GS1 Standards

Canada NewsWire

Sets Foundation to Drive Efficiencies and Cost-Savings for Canadian Healthcare Providers

TORONTO, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Mohawk Supply Chain Services, a division of Mohawk Shared Services, one of the largest healthcare Shared Services Organizations (SSO) in Ontario is adopting the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as the common business language for product identification, and will be piloting the utilization of the ECCnet Registry, Canada's national product registry, to synchronize product data.

ECCnet Registry, managed by GS1 Canada, provides a single point of access to medical device, grocery, pharmacy and foodservice data, between trading partners. The pilot will demonstrate that healthcare provider members of Mohawk Supply Chain Services can leverage the ECCnet Registry 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 SSO for 15 hospitals in Ontario, if one hospital item master file contains errors, our entire supply chain is negatively impacted," stated 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 benefits of sharing standardized data through a centralized registry such as ECCnet Registry are felt along the healthcare supply chain. The use of standards enables sector-wide cost savings, as well as reduced labour and administrative efforts that result from manually correcting and updating bad data, enabling Ontario healthcare organizations to provide the highest quality patient care.

"Mohawk Supply Chain Services' leadership continues to emphasize the importance of global GS1 supply chain standards for enhancing the delivery and safety of healthcare services in the province", stated Alicia Duval, Senior Vice President, Healthcare & Pharmacy, GS1 Canada. "We encourage the healthcare sector to continue their global standards adoption efforts to support the province's fiscal responsibilities, enabling a sustainable healthcare system that provides the highest quality of care."

Mohawk Supply Chain Services' members, who will receive accurate and trusted product data from ECCnet Registry to update their item master files, include:

  • 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.

About Mohawk Shared Services

Mohawk Shared Services' vision is to excel as a shared services organization within its communities and its mission is to provide quality services, significant financial returns, effective business systems and foundations, and highly driven service-oriented employees to support Ontario hospitals and their back office requirements. Mohawk Shared Services, one of the largest shared services organizations in Ontario, is comprised of four business streams: Mohawk Hospital Linen Services; Mohawk Supply Chain Services; Mohawk Diagnostic Imaging Repository; and Employee Assistance Programs - Powered by LifeWorks. Visit us at

About GS1 Canada

GS1 Canada is a member of GS1, the world's leading supply chain standards organization. As a neutral, not-for-profit organization, GS1 Canada enables its more than 20,000 members - organizations of all sizes from over 20 sectors across Canada - to enhance their efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness by adopting electronic supply chain best practices. Learn more at