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The GS1 Healthcare Reference Books have allowed
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stories and best practices from around the world
about GS1 standards implementation in the healthcare

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

“Speaking in the same language to save time and increase efficiency and safety“ ...

The main objective of Chilean Public Healthcare is to promote equity and quality in access to healthcare. The good level of public health they have achieved (better than other countries with similar socioeconomic development) is reflected in aspects such as the increase in life expectancy at birth, the reduction of highly avoidable health events such as maternal and infant mortality, and treating infectious diseases that can be controlled with vaccines and measures of sanitation and hygiene. The Healthcare System in Chile is made up of a public system (FONASA), a private system (ISAPRES) and other specialised ones (armed forces and foundations).

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Demonstrating the benefits of scanning UDI barcodes on the front lines

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Miami, Florida, once spent countless hours each week manually entering product codes into systems for hundreds of medical implants and other products that were received, placed into inventory, and ultimately used in patient procedures and care. To stay on top of correct product names and expiration dates, to prevent inadvertent human error, and to positively impact patient safety—a better system was needed.

Although implementation of the U.S. FDA UDI Rule is ongoing, according to the VA hospital, nearly 90% of products used by their operating rooms have such barcodes today. As medical devices and implants are received, the Miami VA hospital scans the barcodes, capturing this valuable product information automatically. The information is then stored in the hospital’s Medical Device Management System (MDMS) called UDITracker®, provided by Champion Healthcare Technologies, a GS1 US Solution Partner.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Introducing serialisation at Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

Imagine trying to navigate a city with no addresses. The only information you have to go on is what the building looks like, or what landmarks it’s near. With identifying information it would be so much easier. Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) is leading the work of mapping the products from the Johnson & Johnson companies. By using a variety of tools and mediums we are working to identify, trace, and make the products that the Johnson & Johnson companies create easily locatable.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Realising more than £1m of savings through an effective inventory management imp...

National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England are being driven to improve operational efficiencies in order to achieve greater cost savings amidst the growing financial pressures on the sector.

The procurement team at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, realised that they were experiencing unwarranted levels of wastage, stemming from the lack of a robust inventory management system. By automating their inventory management processes, the trust has been able to realise more than £1m of cost savings to date, as well as saving more than 30 hours a week of clinical staff time.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Using barcode scanning technology to reduce medication errors in dispensing

There are an estimated 37.8 million dispensing errors made in England each year, representing 15.9% of all medication errors1. Small differences in drug name, strength and form, make dispensing more susceptible to human error. By introducing GS1 standards and universal unique identifiers, along with the use of barcode scanning technologies into the dispensing process, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust was able to reduce the overall prevented dispensing error rate by 76%.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Towards a new management model: surgical prosthesis traceability

In a hospital, the most critical part of surgical prosthesis management is connecting it to the patient’s history. With the goal of improving patient traceability, reducing errors and cutting the administrative workload for medical and nursing staff, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebrón decided to implement GS1 standards in this area, specifically through GS1 barcode scanning.

As well as making it possible to establish traceability records for prostheses, in line with current regulations, this achieved other important goals such as:

  • Providing nursing staff with an easy to use tool for registering patient-implantable materials in surgeries and clinics.
  • Optimising the control and monitoring of prosthesis costs.
  • Improving efficiency in the invoicing process.
GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Dubai Health Authority implements GS1 standards to empower automated pharmacies

The aim of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is to transform Dubai into a leading healthcare destination by fostering innovative and integrated care models. In 2017, DHA adopted the use of GS1 standards for all pharmaceutical products being supplied and used within DHA hospitals and health centres. All pharmaceutical companies, agents, and suppliers now supply pharmaceuticals to DHA with a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and the 2D DataMatrix based on GS1 standards. Some of the benefits seen include improved traceability, reducing medication errors, productivity gains, and saving time and costs. By leveraging GS1 standards and adopting a fully integrated system for its pharmaceutical transactions, DHA has made crucial advancements in providing quality services in the provision of medicine.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Interoperability and GS1 standards – a roadmap to success in pathology and medic...

Prior to 2017, pathology at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was a systematic but manual process. However, when the time came to integrate their pathology services with a neighbouring trust, they found the need to introduce an interoperable solution that could interact with both trust systems using GS1 standardised information.

During this time, Royal Papworth began work on a larger-scale, complex project to integrate five separate systems, including one for electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA), with their existing electronic patient record (EPR). The results enabled them to share vital patient information, improve patient safety and increase traceability across both trusts.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

The unique and automated identification of pharmaceutical products to improve pa...

The Regional Hospital in Poznań, Poland has been active since 1973 and is a multi-discipline hospital providing comprehensive care and complete diagnostics. 27 wards and 16 outpatient clinics operate across all locations of the hospital, with 1500 staff employed. The mission of the Regional Hospital in Poznań is to become the leader of the healthcare market in the Wielkopolska region.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Improving efficiency and safety through the automatic identification of medical ...

The University Clinical Centre (UCC) was founded by the Medical University of Gdańsk and is one of the largest hospitals in Poland. Its connection with the university gives the hospital access to the latest technologies, globaltier medical knowledge and clinical research. UCC covers a full range of medical services, advanced diagnostics, various surgical procedures, transplantation procedures, rehabilitation and palliative care. The hospital has most specialties available within the area of medical service, meaning that it can offer comprehensive treatment to patients, including those suffering from numerous concurrent diseases.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Medical device management using GS1 barcodes at Tokyo Yamate Medical Center

Tokyo Yamate Medical Center began their GS1 journey by scanning barcodes on medical devices, such as infusion and syringe pumps. This scanning simplified the management of device use histories and reduced the workload of medical staff. It also meant that the use status of devices could be captured easily and accurately. Tokyo Yamate Medical Center is planning to expand GS1 barcode scanning to device monitoring during surgical operations and to the remote (home) monitoring of patients with implantable devices.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2019-2020

Using GS1 standards and RFID technology is a win-win for Johnson & Johnson Suppl...

Radio-frequency identification or “RFID” is emerging as an important technology to make product identification and traceability more efficient. It transmits the identity of an object wirelessly, using radio waves, and it requires little human intervention. RFID has the ability to better connect the end-to-end supply chain. Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) is developing innovative ways to apply RFID technology to meet customer needs and improve processes and product visibility.