Global Glossary: Pharmacy Informatics

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Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN)

An identifier for trade items developed by GS1 and used to look up product information in a database (often by inputting the number via a bar code scanner pointed at an actual product). Each GTIN is assigned by a manufacturer, reseller, or other entity in the product's supply chain. The uniqueness and universality of the identifier is useful in establishing which product in one database corresponds to which product in another database, especially across organizational boundaries.  


Governance concerns the mechanisms that are used to guide, steer or regulate the course of an organization or system. Within the realm of information and communications technology (ICT), governance refers to the structures and processed needed to ensure organization ICT strategies and objectives are achieved.


Canada Health Infoway. A Framework and Toolkit for Managing eHealth Change: People and Processes


A neutral, not-for-profit, global organisation that develops and maintains standards for supply and demand chains across multiple sectors.