First Databank

GDSN® Initiative

FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps clinicians, business professionals, consumers make better decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB delivers a wide range of valuable and differentiated solutions. We offer more than three decades of experience in transforming medical data into medical knowledge, to create actionable, targeted, and effective solutions  ̶  either directly or through our partners   ̶   that improve patient safety, operational efficiency and healthcare outcomes.

The increasing proliferation of medical devices and supplies has created the need for standardization and categorization of these products and their associated attributes which will ultimately improve product flow efficiencies in the supply chain, clinical decision making and patient care. In addition, the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) initiative, along with proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements and EHR Certification Criteria, will mandate recording of implanted device UDIs in patient medical records. Consequently, FDB is now adopting GS1 standards and implementing data synchronization for receiving product information via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to support the development of our rapidly expanding medical device and supply database.

Accordingly, FDB has partnered with 1WorldSync for data pool services to facilitate the accurate collection of device and supply information. We strongly believe this will be the most efficient, economical and timely method to provide the most accurate and actionable device and supply information and associated solutions to our mutual healthcare customers. We hope you will join many of the Fortune 500 companies that are already using the GDSN to share their product information to realize these benefits and positively affect healthcare outcomes. Please visit the links on this page to learn more about the GDSN process for sharing information with FDB.


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