Monday Mar 05, 2012

PeopleSoft provides GLN (Global Location Number) support for the Healthcare Industry

Global Location Number (GLN) has been added to the PeopleSoft SRM application to support of the Healthcare Industry’s Sunrise 2010 initiative.  The Sunrise 2010 initiative is a voluntary Healthcare Industry initiative to start using GLN (global location numbers) as the supplier, customer, and business unit references for business transactions between partners in the supply chain.   Initial industry focus is to use GLN as the equivalent of a supplier location and a business unit “ship-to” location.  The benefit is that all businesses will use a single identifier number when they do commerce with their partners.  Global Location Numbers are unique identifier numbers for business locations in the Healthcare Supply Chain.  The purchasing organization and its vendors will identify all their business locations with a GLN in their business to business transactions.  The same GLN identifier will then be used by all suppliers that ship to that hospital ship to location.  The benefit is that trading partners will use a single location identifier in business to business communication and the need for each supplier to create their own unique “customer number” for the hospital will be removed.

The industry initiative is mainly targeted to reduce errors in communication between business trading partners.  It is an enablement of EDI transactions between business partners. GLNs will identify the supplier and purchasing organization locations in the EDI communication. The Sunrise 2010 goals are:

  •  Display and use GLNs (Global Location Number) in business to business activity between business trading partners.  The first priority is to provide GLNs in EDI purchase order related transactions.  The Healthcare customers’ top priority is to use GLN in Purchase order dispatch.  The PO related EDI transactions that are of top interest and provided in Feature Pack 2 are:
    •  Purchase Order dispatch
    • Purchase order acknowledgement
    • Advance Shipping receipt

PeopleSoft added GLN specifically to the Supplier Relationship Management suite of applications for use in the Healthcare Industry.  

GLN was added to selected transactions in PeopleSoft SRM.   No business logic changes were made to SRM.   SRM continues to function as it did before the enhancements.  The vendor, business units, locations, ship to location and items continue to be used.  Since many different industries use SRM, the business logic was not changed since it would impact other industries that do not use GLN.  The GLN field is displayed on the Purchasing pages next to its associated PeopleSoft Location field or Ship To field.   The Vendor Location GLN is also displayed.

GTIN (Global Trading Item Number)
GTIN often gets discussed at the same time as the GLN.   There is a second related Healthcare Initialize initiative called Sunrise 2012 Imitative.  This second Healthcare Initiative does the same thing for GTIN (global trade item number) as Sunrise 1 did for GLN.  The GTIN is a single item identifier for item/uom combinations that is used for business to business communication (EDI).   The GTIN was added to  PeopleSoft Inventory and Purchasing in Release 9.0.  As part of the GLN additions, the GTIN field has also been added to the selected EDI transaction foundation tables to support the mapping of EDI transactions.


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