At the global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Bogota Mrs Véronique Jost received from Miguel Lopera the GS1 Healthcare Recognition Award
Véronique is a French hospital pharmacist and is recognized a true ambassador/advocate for the implementation of GS1 in the hospital environment. She is a well-recognized pharmacist in her hospital pharmacist community and is well known for her active implementation of GS1 in her hospital. Since the beginning in 2000, Véronique has been very active in the GS1 working groups at the local level. She knows how to explain the use and benefits of GS1 standards very clearly.
She not only can explain the necessity and the implementation to her peers with the right words and explaining the right processes. She also explains to all suppliers working with her how to improve their logistic with the hospital using GS1. The jury acknowledged her consistent personal efforts, that she has been able to achieve great positive results for the hospital organisation even in not always simple circumstances.
The jury also decided the results of her work are scalable and applicable nationally and internationally. Véronique is recognized to be a great champion in the Healthcare community.
At the 33rd global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Bogota the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo in Brazil was awarded as the provider implementation best case study
“It’s all about patient safety. GS1 standards are one of the most important tool in the hospital supply chain till the drugs achieve the point-of-care. When all processes are followed, standard barcodes help hindering adverse events all the time.”
Nilson Gonçalves Malta, Pharmacist-Biochemist and Hospital Automation Manager represented the hospital. Nilson received the award from Miguel Lopera, CEO of GS1. On presenting the implementation case Nilson shared with the audience how focus has been on patient safety in the journey with GS1.
Years ago, the desire to obtain a hospital accreditation initiated the first steps. At present several GS1 keys are fully implemented in the processes in the hospital. Using the GS1 Datamatrix for pharmaceuticals a full cycle is achieved from receiving goods, distribution, ordering, dispensing and administration to the patient. The hospital also implemented the use of GS1 identifiers/keys in the Operating Room for equipment and implants.
When implementing a new electronic patient record the solution supplier agreed to make this GS1 compliant. Each next step brought gains in patient safety, costs saved and hours regained for patient care. The jury acknowledged (among others) the hospital completed the full cycle and this case to be scalable and applicable nationally and internationally. The message was challenging and inspiring.
The Central region of Denmark was awarded one of the GS1 Provider best case study awards for the design for the new Aarhus University hospital
Healthcare in Denmark is organised in five regions. The new Aarhus University Hospital is located in the Central region and is a merger of several hospitals. It was decided that the new hospital is to apply ‘just in time delivery of goods’ and will be a ‘full traceability hospital’ by the use of GS1 identifiers (among which RFID, identification of staff and patients, GLN’s, EPCIS, GRAI, GIAI). Mr Henrik Stilling, IT architect explained the original plan, the journey to realisation, the achievements in the already finished parts of the hospital and also the benefits for patient safety, logistics and the supply chain. Actually time is gained for direct patient care since staff have to search less for supplies or assets (like wheelchairs, infusion pumps, etc.) and can give direct support close to where they are. As a result of these implementations a reference IT-architecture is created for Denmark. The jury acknowledged this case to have a strong future vision and to be applicable also for other hospitals and countries.
One of the winners of the GS1 Provider best case study award is ACT health/the Canberra Hospital from Australia
ACT Health/the Canberra hospital developed a standards framework for overall digital technology to support clinical processes. Mr Ryan Mavin, Lead enterprise architect explained how this framework has addressed the requirement to reduce errors that were occurring in the process to collect blood and pathology samples within the Canberra Hospital. Before starting the project the hospital faced consistently high incidents of wrong blood in tube and non-compliance issues with specimen labelling and patient identification. Using GS1 identifiers (GTIN, GLN, GRSN, eCom, GDSN) accurate patient identification has now been ensured as well as safe collection (and identification) of blood and pathology samples. The next step enabling GS1 identifiers for bedside scanning is planned. Reduction in errors brings benefits to patients, staff and the ACT organisation. Patient safety was greatly enhanced and as the jury acknowledged the benefits, the jury named this project as scalable.
The winner is François Bisch, Logistics Engineer at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, France
François Bisch has been recognised for being a true ambassador for the implementation of GS1 standards in the past 30 years. At the GS1 Healthcare Conference in Berlin, he received the GS1 HPAC Recognition Award. GS1 barcodes have had a major impact on his professional life for the past 30 years, in which he started at the mass-market and moved to healthcare and hospitals. In consecutive years, François introduced in several hospitals in France the benefits of GS1 standards and worked on implementations that still stand out as good examples. He also regularly shares his GS1 knowledge and experiences at international conferences, influencing a broader audience.
The winner is Elisabeth-Tweesteden Ziekenhuis from Tilburg, the Netherlands
The Elisabeth-Tweesteden Ziekenhuis from Tilburg the Netherlands, is the winner of the GS1 HPAC Implementation Best Case Study Award. The project “Less stock, more peace in the Operating Room (OR)” is based on a business case and started in 2012 for orthopaedic implants. A four-step programme creates not only an optimised supply chain for Operation Theatres (at three different locations), but also full digital traceability for medical devices based on lot numbers on all locations and for all medical specialties. At an early stage, they managed to create increased cost awareness among surgeons and nursing staff and sponsorship from the Hospitals Executive Board. The gains are proven by data and include stock reduction, cost reduction, optimal logistic processes, increased just in time delivery as well as increased patient safety by the availability of products and traceability.
The winner is Mr Laing Yan, President of the Shanghai Pudong Medical Device Trade Association, China
Mr Laing Yan has been involved in GS1 Healthcare activities since 2008. He helped to drive the UDI developments of GHTF and IMDRF, as well as use of GS1 standards in China’s CIMDR UDI forum. Last year, Mr Yan created the first implementation of UDI-based traceability in Chinese hospitals, leveraging GS1 standards. Due to his passion about the standards and the benefits they can bring patient safety, in his current role Mr Yan continues to drive GS1 standards implementation.
The winner is Hospital de Cascais Lusíadas Saúde, Portugal
By law in Portugal, hospitals need to re-package medicines to single unit / unit dose level. Whilst many hospitals have the required identification, batch, expiry and active ingredient only in human readable form on the packaging, Hospital de Cascais Lusiadas Salude decided to upgrade their process to leverage GS1 standards (including GTIN and GS1 DataMatrix). At the same time, GS1 standards for patient identification were implemented. Significant ROI was seen in less than 1 year with benefits including reductions in medication administration time per patient and time taken for administration per medication.
The winner is Pascal Bonnabry, Chief Pharmacist, University Hospitals Geneva
The winner is Ramsay Health Care
The winner of the HPAC Provider Recognition award is Georges Nicolaos.
The winner of the HPAC Case Study Award: an unprecedented result – two joint winners!