- Capability for FR to include all facilities that can hold stock (warehouses, not just health service delivery points).
Discussion: It's important to consider that different facility types may have different governance or master data management, such as different stakeholders who assign ID numbers or manage the official lists. Also, some different facility types may have different optional fields of data. There is no known global standard list of categories/types at this time.
- Capability for FR to include a GLN (GS1 Global Location Number) with any facility.
Discussion: The benefit of using GLNs with health facilities is that it allows the existing commercial supply chain (specific to any country context) to participate and interoperate with deliveries to health facilities. Assigning GLN codes for facilities requires a cost to register in the GS1 network. Adoption may be driven by suppliers or third-party logistics providers (3PLs) or to support ASNs (Advanced Shipment Notices), barcoding and other advanced GS1 practices. For more details about the GLN field (data type, length, and identifying authority URL), see the 2018-11-16 notes FHIR Location (and other resources) have the ability to embed GS1 GLN identifiers:
- Community meetings notes from May 2018 cover the usage of OID for GLN, using said OID in FHIR, and an example of a list of FHIR Locations with a GLN embedded in one of the Locations.
- FAQ: The OID for GLN has no further breakdown (for company, nation, etc)
- FAQ: Every GLN, as with all GS1 identifiers, starts with a company prefix.
Second Priority Requests
These are additional capabilities of a Facility Registry (FR) that can enable additional interoperability: