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To help provider organizations establish the business case for global data standards, the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL) at the University of Arkansas has developed the Levels, Readiness and Impacts Model (LRIM).

With LRIM, providers can run various scenarios for GS1 Global Location Number (GLN) and Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) adoption to determine where they can derive the greatest labor savings, inventory accuracy, and other improvements from standards implementation. The system also projects the software, process changes, and data-cleansing tasks likely to be required for each scenario.

The LRIM tool is free and accessible through the CIHL website: http://cihl.uark.edu/5173.php. Providers can download the tool and a user’s guide there to help them get started.

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