The Alfred Hospital Joins HIBCC AU

5 September 2003

One of Australia's leading hospitals, The Alfred, has joined HIBCC AU as its first hospital member. The Alfred is Victoria's oldest hospital operating on its original site, and is regarded as a pacesetter in the national medical arena and has consistently been linked to progressive developments in acute care, medical research, health care teaching and information technology. The Alfred is currently implementing innovative technologies that utilise "point-of-use" barcode scanning to better manage costing and replenishment of high value medical devices in theatre and operating rooms. "The UPN Repository initiative that HIBCC AU is undertaking is strategically important to our project, since data standards, and accurate, up-to-date data is essential to any barcode scanning application", said Karen Hall, Business Manager Radiology at The Alfred. The Alfred signing includes a seat on the HIBCC AU Board, and Karen Hall was recently elected at the HIBCC AU Annual General Meeting to this position.

Kirk Kikirekov, President of HIBCC AU said of The Alfred signing: "We are delighted to have The Alfred as a member of HIBCC AU. The Alfred is an important signing for HIBCC AU, since it is our first hospital member, and their contribution to the ongoing development and support of standards for medical devices is very timely. I am looking forward to working with The Alfred and Karen Hall as HIBCC AU's newly appointed Board Member."


Established in 1984 by leading healthcare associations, HIBCC is the primary standard-setting and educational organisation for barcoding and e-commerce initiatives in the world of healthcare. HIBCC's mission is to improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the healthcare industry by fostering and promoting automated business communications. The HIBCC mission is extended globally via a network of HIBCC offices located throughout the world. The HIBC Standards are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

HIBCC AU is the Australian Affiliate of the Health Industry Business Communications Council, and was established in March 2002 to address the growing health industry awareness for the need to become more efficient through supply chain reforms. More than 1,500 medical device suppliers use the HIBCC standards globally. Other members of HIBCC AU are major global medical device companies including Johnson & Johnson Medical, DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew Surgical, Welch Allyn, Advanced Medical Optics and Zimmer.

For Further information about this press release and HIBCC AU, please contact:

Kirk Kikirekov
President, HIBCC AU
Tel: 02 9258 7225