Christian Hays

Swiss and French citizen, born Zürich, 1954, 2 children.

Christian has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, he played an instrumental role in the establishment of narcotic control according to UN conventions and Swiss legislation, by using the GS1 system in Switzerland. Parallel to this, as from 1995 elements of the GS1 System were deployed for improving accuracy and efficiency of information within the healthcare supply chain, by reducing administrative costs. Later the TARMED national claim programme leveraged the same GS1 identification keys, which are now used in the eHealth solution in that country. Recently patient identification has been defined by regulation by using one of the GS1 identification keys. 

Christian works on contract basis for GS1 Global Office and other GS1 organisations, focussing on interoperability for IT standards in the healthcare industry. He currently represents GS1 in organisations such as ISO TC 215 (Health Informatics; since 2012, he chairs Working Group 6 “Pharmacy” in this Technical Committee), CEN TC 251, HL7 and ICCBBA (transfusion and transplantation). In his role of ISO TC 215 / WG 6 Convenor, Christian is involved in the development of IDMP standards and implementation guides. Furthermore, he was part of the European H 2020 project “openMedicine”, where IDMP found its concrete application for safer care and increased efficiencies in cross-border prescriptions/dispensations. 

Christian contributes to the board of the Swiss Society for Medical Informatics and was the first chairman for IHE Suisse, which included the organisation of a European Connectathon in Bern. Christian teaches healthcare logistics at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. In April 2015 Christian has been asked to contribute to the “INTERPOL World” conference, which took place in Singapore.

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