Peter O’Halloran, Chief Information Officer ACT Health, Australia was awarded at the 36th global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Delhi, India with the ‘GS1 Provider Recognition Award’.
Peter profoundly engaged with GS1 for a number of years. At present Peter is Chief Information Officer at ACT Health, Canberra, where he leads a team in transforming ACT Health by adopting GS1 standards. In the past he was Chief Information Officer & Executive Director of Australia’s National Blood Authority (NBA). During that time he led one of first programs globally to introduce GS1 standards for identification and traceability of manufactured blood products following the global implementation guide. At NBA Peter developed a key infrastructure and he championed the change process to ensure traceability of all products funded under Australia’s National Blood Arrangements (fresh & manufactured) to ensure a secure supply chain and patient safety. Peter is well known for presenting the results of this work at conferences and has presented at several GS1 Conferences. In Australia he holds key advisory roles in national Digital Health programs.
The jury values the work of Peter on several aspects, among which the clear qualitative and quantitative results of implementing GS1 standards, his great commitment, his leadership and being a GS1 ambassador nationally and internationally.
Prof Sir Terence Stephenson, received the GS1 Provider Recognition Award for his extensive and well recognised effort to further the implementation of the GS1 standards in healthcare in the UK and beyond.
The jury recognised Prof Stephenson for his great achievements for GS1 in several roles and functions. In healthcare his impact on patient safety - as a leading clinician in the UK with more than 30 years’ experience - is recognised. In the past years his focus as consultant paediatrician was on the clinical value of the adoption of GS1 standards. He is also recognised for the effect of his work on the education of healthcare providers nationally and internationally. As member of the GS1 UK Healthcare Advisory Board Prof Stephenson greatly supports the shifting focus from predominantly supply chain centric to patient centric. During his time as chair of the General Medical Council in the UK, Professor Stephenson leveraged his presence at national meetings to drive awareness of GS1 and emphasise the benefits of implementing GS1 in the healthcare provider environment. The jury appreciates Professor Stephenson as ambassador for GS1, promoting the GS1 messages at national and international Conferences.
Dr. Chikayuki Ochiai received he GS1 Provider Recognition Award for his extensive and well recognized effort to further the implementation of the GS1 standards in healthcare in Japan and beyond.
Dr. Ochiai, a neurosurgeon by profession is recognized a great influencer in Japan. As CEO of the NTT Medical Centre in Tokyo in 2012 he led the implementation of GS1 standards for the traceability of surgical instruments, sharing the results with other hospitals. His effots are appreciated by the Japanese ministry of Health. As national lecturer dr. Ochiai shares the challenges and benefits of the GS1 standards in healthcare with many CEO’s of Japanese hospitals, challenging them to start on this journey for patient safety and efficiency of care. In 2018 dr. Ochiai chaired the Japanese National UDI-Conference and chairs the Japanese Medical Traceability Promotion Council, set up after the UDI-Conference. He is a great ambassador for the work in healthcare of GS1 Japan and in past years has presented the results of his work at many conferences. The jury recognized dr. Ochiai for his great achievements for patient safety and cost-efficiency in healthcare, as well as the effect of his work on education of healthcare providers in Japan, the region and beyond.
The 401 Athens General Military Hospital in Greece received the GS1 Provider Best Case Study Award for the implementation of GS1 standards in the hospital, which started in the operating rooms (OR).
On behalf of the hospital Sotiris Tsiafos-Tsiaras received the award at the 35th global GS1 Healthcare Conference. When in the second half of 2017 he was transferred to the Military Hospital, Sotiris brought his experience of the GS1 system, since he had successfully implemented GS1 standards in the pharmaceutical logistics department of the military supply chain, with great results for efficiency and safety. Being a military pharmacist and a traceability expert, Sotiris was appointed OR Traceability Project Manager. Challenges were identified, he set up a (short) timeline, clear deliverables and managed to achieve great support from the hospital staff, which greatly facilitated the implementation. This engagement adds to the results in efficiency, cost savings and patient safety, and is the great driver behind the further roll-out of the GS1 system to other departments, like the Cath. lab and radiology. The jury values this case on several aspects, among which the clear qualitative and quantitative results, the generated clinical involvement and the opportunities for replication.
At the global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Bangkok Mr Jean-Michel Descoutures received from GS1 President Miguel Lopera the GS1 Healthcare Recognition Award
As French hospital pharmacist Jean-Michel Descoutures is recognized a strong advocate for the implementation of GS1 standards in healthcare for pharmaceuticals and for medical devices, in the supply chain, for clinical use and with regulators. As a member of the International Hospital Federation IHF he is an important linking pin to the IHF and in conveying the GS1 message to the clinical communities. He was chief of the Pharmacy Department of Argenteuil hospital in France and since 2009 Jean-Michel is elected member of the French National Academy of Pharmacy. As he coordinates at Resah, one of the main hospital procurement hubs in France for over 70 hospitals, his understanding of GS1 standards in healthcare proves very useful as he is a great ambassador for the use of GS1 in healthcare in France and globally. For years Jean-Michel has been an elected and active member of the GS1 Healthcare Leadership Team. The jury decided to award Jean-Michel with the prestigious ‘GS1 Healthcare Recognition Award’ to appreciate the results of his work nationally and internationally.
At the global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Bangkok Miguel Lopera President of GS1 awarded the Chinese General Hospital of People’s Liberation Army (301 Hospital) with the GS1 Healthcare Award for the Provider Implementation Best Case Study
General He Kunlun, Vice President and Mr Wang Jian, Director of the Office for Medical Matters from 301 Hospital were present to receive the award. 301 Hospital implemented GS1 standards internally in the processes of procurement, inventory management, administration, accounting management, track and trace, to manage logistics flows, data flow and bills flow. The project was developed by the hospital and a solution provider. The reduction of errors across the supply chain including a safe recall process is an important result. The hospital developed trainings for their staff and built a database of manufacturers and products to address the issue of how to scan the barcode and have the related information linked with GTINs. Being cardiologist, Mr He Kunlun understands the impact of the GS1 standards implementation in the clinical environment. Implementing also in the incident reporting system greatly simplified this process, increased the accuracy and received the recognition of Beijing FDA and China FDA. The implementation will extend to the system of MoH, FDA, Medical Insurance Bureau and all the stakeholders in the supply chain, to create a closed loop of business.
Centro Medico Imbanaco de Cali from Colombia received the GS1 Healthcare Award for the Provider Implementation Best Case Study, handed by Miguel Lopera President of GS1 at the 34th Global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Bangkok
Mr Juan Camilo Rincon, Supply chain manager at Centro Medico Imbanaco and Mr Andres Rodrigez Goméz, Chief Operating Officer received the award and presented the implementation of GS1 standards at their hospital. The implementation started several years ago, when the hospital learned about GS1 used in other sectors and decided the GS1 standards and barcodes could also be used to improve their hospital processes. One of the goals was to reduce the risk of human errors of manual identification of products and manual data entry in the electronic records. Another goal was to improve efficiency of administrative processes, including stock keeping and the billing process of delivered care. In a step-by-step approach the hospital expanded the implementation to also include patient identification and eventually moved to use the Datamatrix as identifier. A major relabelling process at the warehouse area is set up to ensure incoming products will have a GS1 Datamatrix before being used in the hospital. Centro Médico de Cali achieved results on all set goals and will continue to improve their processes using the GS1 standards.
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 Pascal Bonnabry, Chief Pharmacist, University Hospitals Geneva
Pascal has been member of GS1 Switzerland’s advisory board since its creation, even in parallel with his chairmanship of the Swiss Hospital Pharmacists Association (GSASA). Pascal is further lead of a joint committee where Swiss French-speaking hospital representatives meet twice a year in workshops to get better understanding on the benefits of GS1 standards. Pascal presented his view on GS1 system of standards’ contribution to enhanced patient safety at the GS1 Global Forum, at the GS1 Healthcare conference in Berlin and in various other conferences in Switzerland and across Europe. In his teaching activities for the Faculty of Pharmacy (as well as for the University of Applied Sciences Bern), Pascal positions what AIDC standards can provide to support health care.
The winner is Ramsay Health Care
Ramsay Health Care wanted to improve the efficiency of their supply chain processes while leveraging Australian national e-procurement recommendations. The group has deployed a full suite of GS1 standards for identifying, capturing and sharing information to support interaction with their suppliers, including GS1 EDI. Thanks to GS1 standards, Ramsay has increased both the speed and the efficiency of their purchasing processes, underpinned the efficient operation of their hospitals and helped ensure the continuous delivery of quality healthcare. Procure to pay processing costs have been decreased by approximately 95% per document.
The winner of the HPAC Provider Recognition award is Georges Nicolaos.
He has been actively involved in the GS1 France healthcare user group since 2008. His first experience of implementing GS1 standards was when he was chief pharmacist at the hospital of Aulnay where he implemented traceability for instruments.
He continued his support for GS1 and when he moved to another hospital and part of his job was implementing GS1 across the whole hospital – with traceability to dispensing at the patient bedside. Additionally he is consulted by the French Ministry of Health (MoH) on GS1, leads a number of related user groups (including the GS1 France healthcare board) and regularly makes presentation in congress to promote GS1.
The winner of the HPAC Case Study Award: an unprecedented result – two joint winners!
Derby: This is a fabulous case study and a template that is scalable nationally and internationally. It clearly demonstrates the additional potential benefits to clinical processes and clinicians and therefore patient safety beyond the traditional improvements to supply chain and inventory management; the outcomes surpassed the planned objectives. It demonstrates both tangible (savings £10k/month, reduction in inventory spend (5%), improved product recall, more accurate reimbursement) and intangible benefits (culture change, closer clinical/operational collaboration), followed by the realisation that the project had great impact on patient care by enabling a well-documented patient record (implants and instruments traceability).
Portsmouth: An excellent case study with real business benefits/savings: ROI, stock reduction, waste level etc. that would have a profound impact when extended across the UK NHS and internationaly and converting any disbeliever into a believer in the value of GS1 standards not only to supply chain but also to improving patient safety. Truly impressive video relevant across the globe, delivering a clear and effective message. A classic example of the benefits on implementing GS1 standards across a supply chain. Good results and good plans to embed in the entire organisation through establishing a GS1 Steering Committee.
The winner of the Provider Recognition award is Dr. Heidi Wimmers, Chief Pharmacist, Hospital Aleman, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Heidi Wimmers made one of the most important traceability implementations in Argentina in the hospital sector. She has been key to the implementation of GS1 standards in her organisation and always supports GS1 Argentina efforts, sharing her experience in drugs traceability with GS1 Standards, in global publications, conferences and congresses.
As part of these dissemination activities of knowledge, she had meetings with several local hospitals, demonstrating the benefits for the patients when the healthcare institutions adopt unit doses identification. As part of this work, Dr. Wimmers is receiving visits from healthcare authorities from other countries to show the significant impacts in the patient security.
The winner of Provider Implementation Best Case Study Award is ICT Directorate, St. Canice’s Hospital, Co.
Kilkenny, Ireland, and accepted by Pauline Biggane, ICT Project Manager, RIMD/Endoscope Track and Trace. The primary objective for the projectwas to help ensure that patient safety measures within Central Decontamination Units in the HSE and HSE funded hospitals were optimised and objectivelyverifiable through a nationwide interoperable traceability system. Based on a pilot project in St James’s hospital, it was envisaged that some of the benefits highlighted in the pilot would be replicated in the roll out of the system to other hospitals:
The winner of the Provider Recognition award is Thomas De Rijdt, Assistant-head of pharmacy UZ Leuven.
Thomas has made “unparalleled” contributions to the implementation of the GS1 standards in the Belgian Healthcare Provider sector.
His project on bedside scanning and identification of pharmaceutical product to the level-below-each, has dominated the development of new hospital IT-systems and ensures that the 5 patient rights are well implemented in his hospital ever since.
The winner of Provider Implementation Best Case Study Award is Justin Bitter on behalf of Bernhoven Hospital, the Netherlands.
This case study highlights the global issues with regard to patient safety and stock management within the hospital.
The solutions are incremental and scalable starting with the linking of the medical devices to the patient medical record number (MRN) as the proof of concept.The ROI was clearly outlined, both in terms of patient safety (recall) and stock management savings. It incorporates and validates/quantifies value from the perspective of patient safety, traceability and supply chain cost savings. It highlights and quantifies the value of the system of GS1 standards, not just one facet (e.g.: GTIN, GLN and Data synchronisation).
The winner of the Provider Recognition award is Kevin Capatch, Director of SupplyChainTechnology and Process Engineering at Geisinger Health System.
Kevin has been key to the implementation of GS1 standards in his organisation including GLN, GTIN and now GDSN.
As a founding member of the U.S. Healthcare Transformation Group, he actively drives adoption of GS1 Standards. The award was given to Michael Pheney from GS1 U.S. who will then give it to Kevin Capatch.
The winner of the The Provider Implementation Best Case Study Award is Ms S. C.Chiang on behalf of The Hong Kong Hospital Authority.
The case study details were comprehensive and well described, e.g. the GS1 elements (GTINs, GLNs, messages…); as were the implementation timelines, business benefits and achievements.
They have adopted a full suite of GS1 Standards, built within an e-commerce framework; enabling sustainability, interoperability, advancement of innovation, adoption of automation, and most importantly the foundation for patient safety, and health system quality.
The winner of the Provider Recognition award is Feargal McGroarty - Project Manager, IMS Department at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin,Ireland.
Feargal has a long history with GS1 starting in 2005 with his involvement in the St James’s Haemophilia traceability project.
Since then he has been a fantastic champion in support the evolution of GS1 Standards in Healthcare and expansion of the Haemophilia traceability project to the patients homes…He is a passionate and enthusiastic champion of GS1 Standards in Healthcare in St James’s Hospital and beyond. Feargal has also been one of the Tri-Chairs of HPAC since it was established and this year he was elected to the GS1 Healthcare Global Leadership Team.
The winner of the Provider Implementation Case Study Award is Michael Innes - Program Director, National Supply Chain Kaiser Permanente, USA.
The case study clearly outlined the long term vision of KP: using the Global Trade Identity Number (GTIN) in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to identify products used during a procedure and compare their effectiveness against other similar products relative to patientoutcomes…
The winner of the Provider Recognition Award is Frédérique Fremont - Organisation Engineer, C.H.I Robert Ballanger Hospital, Aulnay-sous-Bois, France
Frédérique has been involved with GS1 for more than 10 years, initially through her local GS1 Member Organisation, GS1 France, and from 2008 with GS1 Healthcare at the global level assisting in the further development of the GS1 System of Standards to enable Traceability and to improve Patient Safety.
She has been key to the numerous and on-going implementations of GS1 standards in the C.H.I Robert Ballanger Hospital in France and she continues to drive implementation initiatives that have been proven to improve patient safety and to control costs.