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GS1 Healthcare Reference Books

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

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital achieves significant efficiency improvements and t...

Established in 1894, Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital is publicly financed, but operates as a non-profit facility by two trusts. The Surgical department competes for patients with all publicly funded orthopaedic hospitals in Norway and, therefore, relies on its flawless professional and clinical reputation to continually attract patients. To improve efficiencies and patient safety, the hospital wanted to improve and streamline the handling and traceability of its surgical equipment.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Hikma Pharmaceuticals adopts GS1 standards for regulatory compliance and traceab...

Hikma aspires to provide high-quality, affordable medicines to the people who need them.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Developing the GS1 monitoring tool: A standardised set of patient safety outcome...

Barcode systems are designed to contribute to patient safety, improve quality of care and increase the transparency of medical processes. While barcode systems are increasingly being used in healthcare, the level of evidence for efficacy in patient safety and quality of care is unclear due to differences in the outcomes assessed across trials.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Successful implementation of electronic health record system for the traceabilit...

Dr. Kengo Miyo, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at NCGM, led a team to implement the traceability of medical devices throughout the hospital, where comprehensive data is captured about the history of each device’s use. This included the department in which each medical device was stored after purchase, the patient operation during which it was used, when and what type of surgery was performed, and other medical devices that were used in the same operation.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Introduction: An unprecedented year in healthcare

As the collection of case studies were compiled for this 2020-2021 GS1 Healthcare Reference Book, the global healthcare industry was battling the COVID-19 virus. While social-distancing measures have helped to “flatten the curve,” the presence and impact of the coronavirus will continue to be felt for many months, and even years. The citizens of the world have never before depended as much on our healthcare systems as now.

Researchers are collaborating on vaccine developments and new treatments, healthcare suppliers are working overtime to provide urgently needed pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and healthcare providers are on the frontlines—millions of “healthcare heroes” caring for patients and saving lives.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the digital foundation of our global supply chain and national care systems, investments in GS1 standards by healthcare suppliers and providers have strengthened this foundation.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Scan4Safety: Giving time back to patient care at Dublin’s Tallaght University Ho...

Built in 1998, Tallaght University Hospital opened serving a community of approximately 62,000 people. Just over 20 years later, this has increased 10-fold with the hospital now serving a population of more than 640,000 people.

TUH has planned a series of developments to continue to provide quality service to patients, with patient safety always being its top priority.

At the forefront of change is the “Scan4Safety” project within the theatres, part of a new digital strategy in the hospital with the objective of improved patient safety, with the added benefits of giving time back to patient care and increased operational efficiencies.

The project was initiated by the Finance Directorate and moved quickly to a collaboration model between the areas of clinical (Theatre), Quality, Safety and Risk Management (QSRM), and nonclinical (Finance and Logistics). Genesis Automation is the solution provider that is providing the software to implement the Scan4Safety programme.

All products used in the theatres are scanned to the patient record prior to use, which is safer as the device can then be tracked to each individual patient in the event of a recall. This can also prevent the issuing of expired or recalled stock. This is enabled by modern standards-based track and trace technology to scan manufacturers’ barcodes on medical products used during procedures.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory improves traceability, workflow and reduces i...

The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory is a highly specialised department at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, which performs 24 to 30 planned cardiac procedures a day as well as various emergency procedures on patients with cardiovascular problems. The department has nine operating rooms, making it one of the largest in northern Europe in this field of specialisation. Treatments include stent angioplasty and pacemaker implants. Most procedures are performed under local anaesthetic; many procedures leave an implant in the patient’s body. The department has 50 permanently employed specialised nurses, dedicated technical staff and 20 to 30 staff physicians to ensure that patients get the best treatment possible.

For many years, the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory has been collaborating with one of its suppliers, Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer. To facilitate the use of its products by cardiology departments worldwide, Medtronic Integrated Health Solutions (IHS), offers multi-year partnerships with hospitals. Medtronic IHS is a division Reduction in stock items nurse positions freed up due to the automated process 3 Increased level of staff satisfaction No cancellation of procedures due to out-ofstock items of Medtronic, which focuses on the cooperation and development of partnerships with health organisations.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Bionorica ensures compliance with Russian serialisation law before official dead...

Bionorica is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of scientifically researched herbal medicines. As the premier supplier for the phytomedicine market in Russia, the company faced the country’s regulatory deadline of 1 July 2020. All new medications released must comply with Russia’s Federal Law No. 425-FZ, which dictates the requirements of drug serialisation that manufacturers must meet. The goal of this regulation, as with others in the EU and around the globe, is to reduce the occurrence of counterfeit medications that could negatively impact patient health. Bionorica needed to ensure compliance with the pending regulation and tight timeframe to maintain its current supply levels.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Markhot Ferenc Teaching Hospital: Measuring what’s measurable to improve patient...

Throughout the 21st century, developments in the medical profession are advancing with the emergence of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Yet, in the fields of healthcare process control and management, there appears to be no unified paradigm shift among healthcare providers.

The collection and analysis of data related to the costs of patient-care processes are prerequisites for high-quality and cost-effective healthcare services. For this professional challenge, GS1 can provide an appropriate framework of standards—a mandatory foundation for the smart hospital.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Traceability: The key for driving efficiencies in the supply chain

Sponsored by Alexion, the medicine traceability project established a model to capture information using GS1 standards and guidelines. The purpose of the project was to increase the visibility of the medicine, Soliris, throughout the supply chain.

By ensuring pharmaceutical traceability with GS1 identification and barcodes, Alexion aimed to minimise, and even eliminate, the falsification of medicines in its supply chain.

Alexion, in collaboration with its partner, Audifarma, sponsored a project to establish a traceability system that would capture information and enable the visibility and traceability of pharmaceuticals thoughout the supply chain. The project initially focused on the medicine, Soliris. Five phases were executed: planning, diagnosis, implementation of GS1 standards for medicine identification, and development of the scanning methodology to capture information about the medicine as it traveled from the factory to patients.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

St. Joseph’s Hospital: Unique Device Identification for better care and patient ...

St. Joseph’s (Catholic) Hospital is located in Huwei township, Yunlin county, Chinese Taipei. It was established by Bishop Thomas Niu of the Chiayi diocese in 1955, and two young and energetic missionaries, Fr. George Massin from Belgium and Fr. Anthony Pierrot from the Netherlands, who became the first administrators of the hospital. Today, the hospital’s mission is to provide comprehensive medical services to the residents—especially the poor—of Huwei and its neighbouring towns.

For many years, church-affiliated hospitals “filled the healthcare gap” by providing services to the poor who couldn’t afford medical care. Today, even with Chinese Taipei’s policy of national healthcare insurance, St. Joseph’s Hospital remains focused on serving the needs of society. Driven by the values of “Total Sacrifice, True Love and Constant Joy,” St. Joseph’s Hospital offers quality medical care to all patients. Its outpatient treatment services cover 18 clinical specialties and sub-specialties, including internal medicine, surgical and other clinical departments. On average, St. Joseph’s Hospital receives more than 1,300 outpatients per day.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2020-2021

Aché Laboratories successfully implements GS1 standards to ensure traceability

Every company that is part of the healthcare supply chain prioritises offering its patients and consumers the best products and services, always focusing on patient and consumer safety. In today’s healthcare industry, it is essential for companies to remain competitive. With this in mind, Aché Laboratories considers innovation to be an important part of its growth strategy— one that is consistently executed.

Aché’s decision to implement the drug traceability project at its laboratory in 2018 was based on Brazilian regulatory requirements and the growing global demand from consumer markets. And considering the opportunity to innovate, Aché accepted this challenge.

Why was implementing traceability a challenge?

First, there had not been a similar drug traceability regulation in Brazil before, so benchmarking results were not available to help the company better understand the magnitude of the implementation. Rather, Aché had to start from “zero”—creating internal processes, developing production-line coding equipment, working to involve and integrate several departments of the company, training the team and much more.