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Manufacture Standards & Regulation, Technology and Equipment

Beyond Barcodes

It’s obvious that “digital” is the key word of the 21st Century. We have instant access to information, devices that connect us to people around the globe, and we even have smart devices monitoring our health. The quantity of information generated and accumulated by digital devices was the stuff of science fiction only one or two decades ago.

What about digitalization involving non-electronic objects, such as medicinal products or medical devices? Welcome to the era of serialization in the pharma industry…

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About the Author

Christian Hay

Christian Hay has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of narcotic control in Switzerland, using the GS1 system. In parallel, from 1995 onwards, elements of the GS1 System were deployed for improving accuracy and efficiency, by reducing administrative costs. “I have worked for GS1 Switzerland and other GS1 organizations since 2003, focusing on interoperability for IT standards in the healthcare industry”, says Christian. He contributes to the board of the Swiss Society for Medical Informatics and was the first chairman for IHE Suisse, which included the organization of a ‘European Connectathon’ in Bern. Christian also teaches Healthcare Logistics at the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

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