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  • 1 February 2011 16:26

Axway deepens commitment to improve patient safety on a global level

Axway is first software solutions vendor accepted as a global member of GS1 Healthcare Group

SYDNEY – February 1, 2011 – Axway, the Business Interaction Networks company, has become the first software solutions vendor accepted as a global member of GS1’s Healthcare Work Group.

GS1 is a non-profit global standards organisation focused on improving the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors. The expansion of Axway’s membership will allow the company to drive standardisation initiatives and improve patient safety on a global level.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), counterfeit drug sales were estimated to reach $75 billion by the end of 2010, and research suggests that, in the US alone, over 36 million civilians will have bought medicines from unlicensed web pharmacies. Becoming a global healthcare member will enable Axway to help address these issues by working alongside GS1 to raise the bar on patient safety and supply chain efficiency.

“Extending our US membership to a global level with GS1 Healthcare is something we have wanted to do for some time. Previously software vendors could apply only for national membership in GS1 working groups. When GS1 opened the door to global membership, we embraced the opportunity to start to set the agenda and improve patient safety on an international scale. Axway has invested a lot of time in standardisation efforts, underscoring our deep commitment to international standards,” said Dave Bennett, CTO of Axway.

J. Michael Wallace, director, global standards & serialisation, Abbott and tri-chair, GS1 Leadership Team elaborated, “We are at the point where we have started the process of moving the GS1 Healthcare standards from development to implementation to meet various requirements, traceability in particular.

“During this process, it is critical that we have the active participation and leadership of solution providers who can bring their systems integration experience to bear. The GS1 Healthcare Leadership Team is excited to have Axway as our first solution provider partner for Healthcare. The traceability experience they bring to the GS1 Healthcare effort will be extremely valuable as we move our focus towards implementation.”

GS1 has member organisations in over 100 countries and leads the field in working with concerned industry parties (such as manufacturers, distributors, retailers, customs organisations, software developers, local and international regulatory authorities) to drive the design and implementation of the most widely used standards system in the world across all sectors and industries.

GS1 standards enable health and economic benefits related to automatic identification, traceability, data synchronisation and effective and efficient roll-out of automatic identification and traceability systems throughout the healthcare sector. This approach to defining global standards complements Axway’s commitment to preventing counterfeiting and fraud within the healthcare industry.

Axway solutions widely support GS1 standards. Axway Track & Trace, the solution for visibility, efficiency and security in global supply chains, supports the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard. Axway B2Bi, the integration solution for electronic business messaging and data synchronisation, supports message formats and protocols defined in GS1 eCom and Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) standards.

The expanded membership will enable Axway to contribute to standards implementation on an international scale through its business, functional and technical expertise in building solutions for business interaction networks. This will drive best practices in tackling the main risks to patient safety across the industry, while remaining compliant with various regulations in different markets. Specifically, Axway’s participation in the GS1 Healthcare Global Public Policy Work Group will contribute to compliance with future European directives.

Ulrike Kreysa, director, GS1 Healthcare says: “As a truly global company, Axway is a valuable member of the Healthcare working group, bringing software expertise together with a sound knowledge of global practice and regulatory environments. I am sure that Axway will continue to demonstrate its value and will be a fantastic part of the group. I am hopeful that other solutions vendors will follow the example that Axway has set forth.”

Bennett adds: “Ensuring that our software is fully integrated and interoperable according to international standards is exceptionally important to us and our customers. By expanding our relationship with GS1, we will be able to do even more to help ensure that our customers, and ultimately patients, get the best and most reliable service possible.”

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About Axway

Axway is the Business Interaction Networks company - the only provider in the market today to manage, run, secure, and monitor all of your business interactions, including email, files, messaging, services, events, and processes. Serving over 11,000 organisations in more than 100 countries, Axway facilitates the multi-enterprise transactions, processes and integration that accelerate business by eliminating the barriers between vendors, customers, departments, partners and suppliers. Axway's comprehensive offerings include business-to-business integration, managed file transfer, secure email, business activity monitoring, enterprise application integration, service-oriented architecture, business process management, track & trace and identity validation solutions. Axway provides professional and managed services, as well as cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Axway's global presence spans 20 countries.

About GS1and GS1 Healthcare

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility in supply chains. GS1 is driven by more than a million companies, who execute more than six billion transactions a day with the GS1 System of Standards. GS1 is truly global, with Member Organisations in over 100 countries, with the Global Office in Brussels, Belgium. GS1 Healthcare is a global, voluntary Healthcare user group developing global standards for the Healthcare supply chain and advancing global harmonization. For more information visit:

About Abbott

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

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