Introduction: Working together to provide the safest possible care for patients ...
In an increasingly complex healthcare environment, with the development of customised medical products, the need for technology and information sharing to aid decision making, the rising cost of services and treatments, and more empowered patients, one thing remains consistent – the clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others who are absolutely committed to ensuring every patient receives the best possible care. Across the case studies that have been submitted this year, we have seen exactly this, a need for global solutions for an increasingly global industry that enable the provision of the safest possible care. What the examples in this book demonstrate is that GS1 standards implementations work best when we all work together – that’s solution providers, suppliers, wholesalers and healthcare providers. And let’s not forget that the imperative is there, legislation around the world is demanding standardisation and those that are becoming compliant now are already seeing the benefits.
Best practice patient safety and traceability of infant feeds at CHI (Children’s...
The Special Feeds Unit (SFU) at CHI at Temple Street looks after the storing, preparation and delivery of prescribed feeds to infants with special dietary needs. In 2016 the hospital was audited by the Food Safety Professionals Association (FSPA). One of the findings of the audit was that there was a necessity to track feeds to the patient in the hospital for the purposes of patient safety and in case of product recall. It was agreed, as a matter of urgency, that a modern, time-efficient computerised traceability system based on standards was required by the unit.
Bedside scanning requires cultural change
Rigshospitalet is a University Hospital in the Capital Region of Denmark. It is a highly specialised hospital, which covers almost all medical areas. Annually 85,000 inpatients and around 1 million outpatients are treated at the hospital, which covers 1,200 beds. The Department of Paediatric Surgery is a clinic at Rigshospitalet, which handles the treatment of children and adolescents with acute and chronic conditions. It is a clinic with complex patient pathways and an everyday life that has many different tasks.
PHOENIX group becomes FMD compliant with Movilitas
Falsified medicines pose a serious health risk to patients. The European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), which had to be implemented by February 2019, aims to eliminate this risk. The directive demands a secured pharmaceutical supply chain through end-to-end verification of prescribed pharmaceutical products, thereby increasing the safety for patients. All supply chain partners have to fulfill specific requirements to reach compliance. PHOENIX group, a leading healthcare provider in Europe, has been FMD-compliant since April 20th, 2018. The company has chosen the Movilitas.Cloud solution to implement the FMD requirements in 17 countries for wholesale and pre-wholesale activities.
The impact of GS1 standards on operating room efficiency at the 401 Athens Gener...
In army supply chain processes, it’s imperative to achieve fast and accurate operations. 401 Athens General Military Hospital, the largest army hospital in Greece, wanted to provide its patients with the same level of operational efficiency. Lack of a standardised coding and naming scheme for the hospital’s inventory made it very difficult to have a clear and precise view of operating room (OR) stock and the medical devices used during surgeries.
National Children’s Hospital in San José uses GS1 standards to improve efficienc...
The National Children’s Hospital Costa Rica was inaugurated on May 4, 1964 with the mission to “contribute to improving the health of the child population of the country by providing specialised and emergency care through comprehensive quality services, effectively, efficiently, with equality of opportunity”. Since then, this noble institution has become the national standard for children’s care and backs this with ongoing research into how they can better the health of Costa Rican children and become more efficient in delivering patient care. As part of this, the Integral Care Unit for Burns (UCINQ), in the year 2018-2019, began implementation of automated management of inventory control for the medical supplies in their warehouse.
A medical device manufacturer’s experience of UDI and its implementation
LINET spol. s r.o. is a major European manufacturer of hospital and nursing beds. The company’s portfolio includes solutions designed for intensive care, products for regular in-bed treatment and also specialised beds for old people’s homes and long-term care facilities. The LINET range also includes a wide range of accessories such as anti-pressure ulcer mattresses, mobile equipment, and healthcare furniture.
LINET headquarters, as well as its production plant, continue to be based in Želevčice u Slaného in the Czech Republic, where it has been located since its establishment in 1990. The plant manufactures around 60,000 hospital beds per year, the vast majority of which are exported to more than one hundred countries worldwide. LINET employs around 1,000 staff. Since 2011, LINET spol. s r.o. has been a division of the multinational holding organisation LINET Group SE, with registered offices in the Netherlands.
Using GS1 standards to create Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital’s smart me...
The implementation of auto-identification reduces the chances of human error and means that implanted medical devices can be traced to the patients that have received them. Building on existing uses of GS1’s standard for implementing Unique Device Identification (UDI), Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital combined it with the technology of artificial intelligence to effectively improve health quality, ensure patient safety and improve hospital management.
Leveraging GS1 standards to ensure accuracy and safety of patient care at Canber...
To take full advantage of technologies available today, healthcare providers need to consider how they “capture” the identification of their patients and clinicians at the points of care. Supporting positive patient identification is especially important in busy clinical areas and where mis-identification could lead to adverse events. Using GS1 standards as the needed foundation, ACT Health and Canberra Hospital are identifying their patients and care providers for ensuring accuracy in patient-care processes throughout each patient’s journey within their hospital. As a result, there has been more than a 40 percent reduction in wrong-blood-in-tube incidents based on clinicians scanning GS1 barcodes when collecting pathology samples.
Mercy advises that collaboration is the best medicine
GS1 standards are providing the Mercy healthcare system with the needed foundation for automating its operations. And, as its cross-functional team demonstrates, collaboration is the mortar that is enabling its steady digital transformation to address challenges from compliance to care to cost containment. As a result, Mercy has increased its operational efficiency and productivity while continuing to focus on improved patient safety and outcomes. Case in point: Charge capture in its highest cost area—surgery—has improved by 28-30 percent. This has resulted in more than a $340 charge capture per procedure and the documentation of tens of millions of charges not previously captured.
Teleflex harnesses strong partnerships for patient safety
Teleflex needed to implement a data management solution to comply with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation. The company created a cross-functional team, including GS1 Solution Providers, 1WorldSync and LANSA. A multi-phased project was launched that identified and integrated device data from diverse systems across the company and included processes to assign and validate each device’s Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) and attributes on their way to the FDA’s Global UDI Database (GUDID). Teleflex also achieved full Global Data Synchronisation Network® (GDSN®) operability for trusted data-sharing with trading partners. Now, Teleflex can provide accurate, complete and validated product data to regulatory bodies and trading partners alike, including healthcare providers.
CentraState lays foundation for safer future
For a small community hospital, CentraState Healthcare System (CentraState) is faced with the same compliance issues and business imperatives as any larger healthcare system: patient safety and cost containment. Clinical supply chain and information system professionals joined together to develop processes for using GS1 standards to automatically and accurately identify products in its operating room (OR), while recording them in patient records required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and Office of National Coordinator (ONC). The ability to uniquely identify products used throughout the healthcare supply chain will not only enable CentraState to satisfy regulatory requirements, but also help the hospital increase patient safety, improve staff productivity, achieve precise and inclusive capture of costs, and continue to build community trust.