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Why 12 hospital executives use GS1

12 hospital senior executives from 9 countries were interviewed about why their organisations have implemented GS1 barcodes...

We needed GS1 standards. Otherwise, we would risk implementing processes & systems that didn't capture the same data and allow us to use effectively.
Rosemary Kennedy, Executive Director-Business & Infrastructure, Australian Capital Territory Health
Knowing that we can make our hospitals better & safer is compelling enough to make standards part of everyone's job.
Dr. Erik Van Ark, Executive Director of Medical Staff, Chairman of Operating Rooms, Bernhoven Hospital, Netherlands
By using our collective buying power via our GPO and asking our suppliers to comply with our needs, about 95% of our top suppliers use GS1 barcodes, and 80% of all primary packages now carry them.
Lars Nielsen, CEO, Capital Region Hospital Pharmacy
Information enabled by GS1 standards could help clinicians determine if & how a medical procedure and treatment could be changed and the possible impact on patient outcomes.
Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance, Derby Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
The costs to adopt standards are minimal when compared to the costs of error and 'business as usal'.
Deb Templeton, Chief of Care Support Services, Geisinger Health System
Always having the right products there for doctors when needed for their patients can give us a competitive edge and contributes to patient safety.
Matt Malone, CIO, Healthscope
The National Health Service recognises the direct impact standards have on patient safety. They are now conducting demonstrations and calling on trusts to 'scan for satefy'.
The Rt Hon Lord Philip Hunt PC OBE, Shadow Deputy Leader, House of Lords, Labour spokesperson for Health
Hospital conversations are becoming increasingly sophisticated about the overall value of products. 'Product A' may be slightly more expensive than 'product B', but it is more effective in getting patients out of the hospital sooner or producing better outcomes or it's safer.
Megan Main, CEO, New Zealand Health Partnerships
Patient safety is the #1 driver of changes in our stock management processes. One way to measure this is the availability of stock for procedures and care. My target is 100%, which is possible with GS1 standards.
Alex van der Putten, Supply Chain Manager, Radboud University Medical Centre
Assessing the value of products on patient outcomes has become an important part of the procurement process. To do this, hospitals need trusted product data.
Dominique Legouge, CEO, Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers
Starting the journey to adopt standards was the natural next step to manage risk and further support our hospital's mission to deliver best-in-class care for our patients.
Vincent Callan, Director of Facilities Management, St. James's Hospital
Throughout our administrative processes, we are preventing errors & reducing risks by reducing human intervention. At the same time, we are increasing the time our caregivers spend with patients—where human intervention matters most.
Wilfried E. B. Winzer, CFO, University Hospital in Dresden
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