Healthcare, grocery recalls go private cloud

GS1 Australia has signed an agreement with HP to implement a private cloud infrastructure for product recalls across healthcare, grocery industries

Non-profit standards organisation, GS1 Australia will look to implement recall services for the healthcare and grocery industries into a private cloud infrastructure, with a pilot of the system beginning this month.

Though the organisation has already begun testing a local version of its international recall service for the grocery sector, it will follow in the steps of its Canadian counterpart in using HP’s private cloud infrastructure to deploy the program.

GS1 is also looking to repurpose its barcode-based system for the healthcare sector in Australia, with medicine and medical goods recalls to be coordinated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA). The program would ultimately eliminate recall concerns in the industry, which currently undergo little oversight and are largely the onus of the medical goods provider and pharmacy who are not compensated for the extra work.

GS1 Australia's chief executive officer, Maria Palazzolo, told Computerworld Australia that the grocery system will be fully implemented by March next year. A pilot of the healthcare system will commence testing after June, with a view to full implementation by the end of 2011.

According to Palazzolo, the system will sit on HP infrastructure - including services and software - in a private cloud environment on HP property. However, information about either the product or the company will only enter the cloud once the brand initiates a recall.

“We’ve certainly done a number of security checks in regard to the security of the information and the system itself, and we’ve got contractual agreements in place with HP to make sure that there’s no use of the data by them in any other way other than what they’ve specified anyway,” Palazzolo said.

The system has largely followed in the steps of GS1 Canada, which has already successfully implemented a grocery recall system on the same HP infrastructure, and is currently looking to the healthcare industry as the next step. The Australian regulatory processes, however, meant the local GS1 offices had to recreate much of the system from scratch in order to accommodate the relatively large amount of information required by the industries for recalls.

“The infrastructure is the same, but it’s just the content of how much content do you want and how do you want that information delivered.”

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