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The GS1 Healthcare Reference Books have allowed
GS1 to compile an impressive set of success
stories and best practices from around the world
about GS1 standards implementation in the healthcare

Sanofi uses GS1 standards in clinical trials for significant operational and human health benefits

Sanofi uses GS1 standards in clinical trials for significant operational and hum...

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe. The global biopharmaceutical company wanted to improve the efficiency of its operational processes related to investigational products that, in turn, would deliver numerous benefits for its healthcare providers and patients.

Digitise healthcare product information to improve procurement and supply chain management

Digitise healthcare product information to improve procurement and supply chain ...

As a public purchasing organisation, Resah aims to facilitate access to the ordering, management and identification of products exchanged between hospitals and manufacturers. For global consistency, it is essential to share global information on products directly from manufacturers to hospitals, using a single format.

UDI pilot with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection

UDI pilot with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection

It was a challenge to validate the endorsement and approval of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection to carry out a pilot test and make use of the Unique Device Identification (UDI) device identifier (DI) to identify medical devices in Colombia, as well as align healthcare providers with the proposal.

Improving patient safety with simple scans

Improving patient safety with simple scans

The North Denmark Region has three hospitals with approximately 1,800 beds and more than 8,700 employees. The hospitals’ surgery departments used non-standardised manual processes for the replenishment of goods, making them timeconsuming with increased risk for human error. There was also an insufficient way to track and trace implants and their patients. Finally, the hospitals needed a better understanding of the total cost for surgeries.

Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain: The evolution of pharmaceutical product traceability

Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain: The evolution of pharmaceutical product traceabi...

Transitioning to a GS1 standards-based solution, while desirable, requires changing systems and processes and impacts the entire supply chain. Could a transition occur effectively and efficiently?

Successful implementation of the Bulgarian Medicines Verification System

Successful implementation of the Bulgarian Medicines Verification System

In Bulgaria, projects to follow the European Union’s (EU) Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) were a massive undertaking that spanned all stakeholders in the supply chain—manufacturers, wholesalers, hospitals and pharmacies. GS1 standards, specifically a Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) encoded in GS1 DataMatrix barcode, would need to be applied to each and every prescribed pharmaceutical pack for scanning, from manufacturer to pharmacist when dispensing the medicine.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Barcode readability for Drug Supply Chain Security Act 2023 Interoperability

In the summer 2019 and for the third consecutive year, AmerisourceBergen Corporation (AmerisourceBergen) and McKesson Pharmaceutical (McKesson) in collaboration with GS1 Healthcare US®, assessed the barcodes of packages “lowest saleable unit” in their distribution facilities to obtain a view of industry’s progress in implementing serialisation requirements of the 2013 DSCSA.1 During this same timeframe, Cardinal Health conducted its own barcode assessment of homogeneous cases from pharmaceutical manufacturers, with support from GS1 Healthcare US.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Driving Unique Device Identification compliance puts focus on patient safety

UDI regulations being introduced around the world have resulted in key benefits focused on patient safety and hospital effectiveness. Common components of these regulations include labelling, a publicly accessible data repository and direct marking on reusable medical devices.

Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain embraces product identification and traceability as it has numerous benefits for patients, customers and the industry. JJSC has enterprise, supply chain product identification and traceability programmes and a comprehensive UDI programme, enabling it to meet compliance milestones. Collaboration, data management and product identification are key components.

“Guided by Our Credo, we put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first. Complying with UDI regulations puts the focus on patient safety. Widespread adoption of GS1 standards to support UDI requirements aids the industry and protects the patient,” says Vivek Nadadur, Senior Director of Digital Identification & Traceability

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Fulfiling a vision of digital transformation with GS1 standards

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is a healthcare innovator, with hospitals, clinics and physicians located throughout Louisiana —making it the state’s largest health system. In 2012, the Vice President of Supply Chain led the strategic decision to implement GS1 standards to support the automation of the health system’s supply chain and clinical processes. Since then, implementing GS1 standards has proven to be a multi-year undertaking, involving all five hospitals, their subsidiaries and affiliate organisations and several community hospitals.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

EPC/RFID: An effective method for realtime asset management

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the UK’s care regulatory body, East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust noted that a change was needed when monitoring its high-value pieces of equipment.

The asset management process in place at that time made tracking and tracing high-value items a challenge. Much of the equipment was managed manually and, as a result, pieces were frequently misplaced or registered as “missing.”

By introducing RFID technology, the trust was able to mostly automate its asset management processes, to improve efficiencies and traceability across the organisation.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

How positive patient identification can provide peace of mind for patients and t...

For the breast post-operative ward at Leeds, being able to provide patients’ relatives with accurate information is a vital part of its daily practice.

Yet, it was a significant challenge for staff members to track and trace patients as they moved around a busy hospital between wards and different departments, such as x-ray, operating theatres and recovery.

The staff didn’t have access to real-time information on a patient’s location, so they had to call a number of departments to get updates.

Since Leeds had already implemented GS1 standards-enabled patient wristbands and GLNs to identify locations throughout the hospital, the trust decided to use these standards along with its EPR system to provide the visibility needed by staff.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Fewer bricks and more clicks result in optimal medical device inventory at Radbo...

A situation of “being out-of-stock” is not an option in a hospital. If a crucial medical device is not available at the right time, this can make the difference between life and death. For the best care, more control over stock was needed at Radboud University Medical Centre. Today, enabled by GS1 standards, the medical centre’s processes are optimally running, systems are correctly connected and people are working differently and better.

“Fewer bricks and less walls” means that people no longer work for just their own departments, but together. Everyone focuses on the goals of increasing efficiency in processes and safety of care, all while reducing costs.