LM-Dental moving to GS1 standards for dental product traceability with EPC/RFID
LM-Dental, a leading manufacturer of dental products based in Finland, is implementing GS1 standards across its entire product portfolio, starting with dental hand instruments. Drivers for these efforts include the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation. Since 2015, LM-Dental has applied EPC-enabled RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and GS1 identifiers to its dental hand instruments. LM-Dental’s customers (e.g., hospitals, universities and dental clinics) can now partner with them to track dental instruments with an automated traceability system—the LM-Dental Tracking System™ (DTS), using GS1 standards. Instruments are tracked from the time they are dispensed through to utilisation, processing, sterilisation and return to storage.
The Universtity of Copenhagen’s School of Oral Health Care is one such hospital that has leveraged LM-Dental’s use of GS1 standards to make continuous improvements in its daily operations and long-term planning for increased patient safety. With GS1 standards, the school’s staff has greater control over the infection control status and stock levels of all instruments, reducing inventory costs by approximately 10 percent.
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein continues its journey to full traceability of...
Patient safety is the fundamental goal of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE). For the past 15 years, the hospital has implemented and used GS1 standards to enable the traceability of all medicines for improved patient care and safety. HIAE has partnered with its suppliers to ensure that all medicines at the single-dosage level are each assigned a unique identifier—specifically the GS1 Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), batch/lot number and expiration date, encoded in a GS1 DataMatrix barcode. With GS1 identification in place, the hospital can now scan the barcodes of medicines as they travel from receiving to patient bedsides and to HIAE’s surgical centre, completing an end-to-end traceability system. Information captured with each barcode scan is downloaded into the hospital’s inventory management system and its new electronic medical record (EMR) system. More than 240,000 single-dosage units each month are labelled at suppliers’ manufacturing sites, saving HIAE more than 600 hours and R$13,620 in associated labour costs monthly.
Study of three international health systems showcases the benefits of supply cha...
The World Health Innovation Network (WIN) provides the first research of its kind by developing empirical case studies that quantify the operational and financial benefits of highly automated and integrated supply chain infrastructure in health systems, enabled by global standards adoption. Examining Alberta Health Services (AHS) in Canada, the National Health Service (NHS) in England, and Mercy in the US, the research uncovers their implementation strategies, outlines the emerging impact and identifies returns-on-investment as high as 7:1 from adopting supply chain processes to strengthen health system performance. Although, the case studies profile supply chain implementations in three different countries (characterised by unique leadership approaches, implementation strategies and system governance structures), all three reported significant outcomes.
CAISM and Cristália partner together for increased patient safety, improved proc...
The Women’s Health Hospital – CAISM UNICAMP (CAISM) has always been concerned with the safety of patients. With this goal in mind, the hospital decided to improve the management of medicinal products. To help with this challenge, CAISM established a partnership with Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmacêuticos Ltda. (Cristália), a manufacturer of quality pharmaceutical products. Cristália enabled CAISM to make significant process improvements by using GS1 standards applied on the primary packaging of medicine. By scanning GS1 DataMatrix barcodes, CAISM can now automatically capture important data that identifies the item—specifically the Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), batch number and expiration date. The hospital can more effectively manage the hospital pharmacy resources, enabling internal traceability—from the receipt of medicinal products in stock to their administration at patients’ bedsides.
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust implements Global Location Numbers for ready compli...
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest hospital in the UK’s South West Peninsula. The Trust serves a population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access its specialist services. The use of Global Location Numbers (GLNs) for location identification is one of the core enablers of the Department of Health’s (DH) eProcurement strategy. By introducing GLNs now, the hospital is making sure it’s on track with DH plans for compliance with GS1 standards. Add to this the productivity gains from having consistent and accurate location information.
Piloting traceability of prescription drugs with GS1 standards
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires that the pharmaceutical industry implement end-to-end traceability by 2023. As trading partners, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) and AmerisourceBergen (ABC) chose to implement and test GS1 standards-based solutions in a real-world pilot to meet the deadline for interoperability. While GS1 standards have created a hierarchy that reaches down to the product level for serialisation, several industry entities have voluntarily chosen to use GS1 EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services) to fully meet the intent of the regulation. EPCIS allows trading partners to exchange data in concert with products as they move through the supply chain. The industry pilot between JJSC and ABC did just that, with actionable and repeatable results.
Improving patient safety and efficiency in the NHS
In 2014, the Department of Health mandated the use of GS1 standards as part of the National Health Service (NHS) eProcurement strategy. Called Scan4Safety, the programme to rollout GS1 standards across the acute care sector in England has since grown, and is now in the early implementation phase with six acute NHS Trusts selected as demonstrator sites.
The adoption of GS1 standards allows for the unique identification of every patient, every product and every place across NHS acute Trusts. This will help to improve patient care and safety, efficiency, patient experience and support the standardisation of clinical best practices.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust inventory management solution...
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTH) provides health services for more than 1.5 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria, and employs approximately 6,500 clinicians and staff. Based on the need to cut costs and improve its supply chain, the Trust decided to focus on inventory management processes for its operating theatres. LTH now uses GS1 standards for greater control and visibility of inventory levels, resulting in less product waste, reduced costs and dramatically fewer out-of-stock situations. In addition, more than 7,100 hours each year in clinical staff time has been re-allocated to patient care.
Hospital De Cascais uses GS1 standards for seamless operations and patient safet...
Built in 2009, Hospital de Cascais is a public-private partnership and one of the hospitals in the Lusíadas Saúde Group’s nationwide healthcare network in Portugal. More than seven years ago, the hospital started a journey to automate it processes with GS1 standards and software solutions. Today, Hospital de Cascais can automatically replenish stock so that products are there when needed for patient care. The hospital also identifies each single dose of medication so that caregivers can scan the medication and patient’s wristband for accurate and safe medication administration.
Implementing a health records tracking solution with GS1 standards for a real re...
Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) is one of the largest Trusts in East London with 950 beds in two main hospital sites—Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Goodmayes—6,500 staff, 950 emergency admissions each day and 600,000 out-patient appointments annually. The Trust needed to make quick and efficient improvements to its health records system after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report challenged its approach and management. As a result, BHRUT implemented “FIND – IT,” a project designed to leverage GS1 standards, barcodes and EPC-enabled RFID tags to track health records.
Antonius Hospital makes safer medication administration a priority
The traceability of medication in the pharmaceutical sector—from production to use by patients—is important to ensure medication safety. This is why GS1 barcodes are increasingly being used at the lowest or single-unit level for medication administration. Antonius Hospital, with locations in Sneek and Emmeloord in the Northern part of the Netherlands, has implemented GS1 standards to enable the registration and administration of medicines to patients. The hospital has found that investing in GS1 standards encoded in GS1 DataMatrix barcodes is worth it for a multitude of reasons.
SNOMED and GS1: Harmonising standards to benefit New Zealand healthcare
Globally, the Systemised Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and GS1 standards uniquely identify medicines, using standardised numbers for both clinical and supply chain purposes. Work is underway to harmonise and make these systems interoperable. The New Zealand Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) has mandated a national medicines terminology for New Zealand and defined standards for using SNOMED CT and GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) to manage health information and enhance clinical decision-making outcomes. The challenge is to drive efficiencies and improve outcomes by harmonising GS1 and SNOMED CT standards. A first step is a cross listing of New Zealand Medicines Terminology (NZMT) and GTIN-based information into both their respective clinical and supply chain systems. Through a pilot involving a sample selection of pharmaceutical manufacturers, GS1 and the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines (NZULM) have demonstrated that GSI and SNOMED CT identifiers can be harmonised and leveraged to benefit the NZ healthcare sector through enhanced, more informed clinical decision-making, leading to improved patient safety outcomes. Learnings from this pilot and recommendations for the rollout of the pilot to all suppliers are presented.