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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

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

St. James’s Hospital – leading global innovation in Healthcare - a hospital wide...

St. James’s Hospital continues to lead the way by establishing the Scan for Surgery Programme and the introduction of the automatic tracking of precious tissue samples. Both projects make use of GS1 standards-based technology to deliver improved patient safety and efficiency. These programmes follow on from other globally recognised exemplar projects carried out at the Dublin hospital.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

GS1 standards enable an integrated sterilisation management system for Universit...

Since 2014, the University of Fukui Hospital (Fukui Hospital) had focused on the costeffective management of its surgical operations by using GS1 standards. The hospital has successfully achieved the traceability of surgical instruments in its surgical centre’s sterilisation process by identifying each of 20,000 instruments with the GS1 Global Individual Asset Identifier (GIAI) encoded in a laser-engraved GS1 DataMatrix barcode. To date, Fukui Hospital has reduced the error rate along with the time required when assembling instruments for surgical operations by 2,000 hours per year. Fukui Hospital is the first hospital in Japan to use GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) to identify each of its locations. By using GLNs as part of its surgical container setting system, Fukui Hospital has helped reduce overall operation time by 500 hours per year.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Reliable medication processes for enhanced patient safety

Today’s hospitals face ever-growing performance, competitive and cost pressures. As a result, innovation in healthcare processes is playing an increasingly important role when it comes to patient safety and satisfaction. To consolidate and automate their processes for more effective patient treatments and care, the hospitals of medius KLINIKEN use solutions provided by Agfa HealthCare based on globally recognised GS1 standards. The medius KLINIK Nürtingen has improved patient safety practices with help from a new approach of barcode-based medication workflow. The medication administration process is now more transparent than ever before. In addition, medication preparation and dispensing processes can be carried out far more efficiently while minimising the error rate.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Introduction : The world is coming together to implement GS1 standards in health...

Medical research has advanced further in the past decade than at any time in human history. The decoding of the human genome has spurred research like never before— treatments and cures are starting to be tailored to the individual rather than the disease.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Delivering life-saving treatments and end-to-end traceability for patient safety...

Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) is comprised of more than 63,000 professionals worldwide who support the global supply chains of Johnson & Johnson’s business segments—from planning and sourcing to manufacturing, logistics and deployment. When delivering medicines to healthcare providers and patients around the world, JJSC in Germany is leading the way to ensure the authenticity and safety of these drugs with its serialisation programme, supporting the European Union (EU) Falsified Medicines Directive. Using GS1 standards as a foundation, JJSC is confident that compliance can be simplified as more and more European countries adopt the GS1 common language of business.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Investing in GS1 standards helps control costs and highly efficient OT procedure...

On 1 October 2015, the revised version of the German Ordinance on the Dispensing of Medical Devices (MPAV) came into force. One of its major requirements specifies that healthcare institutions enhance patient safety when it comes to medical devices. In the event of a product recall, a healthcare provider should be able to identify within three days all affected patients based on the model, batch or serial number of the implant as well as the manufacturer and its responsible facility. To this end, the Agaplesion Frankfurter Diakonie hospitals are implementing barcode-scanning systems based on GS1 standards to manage their clinical and administrative processes. This will allow seamless case-specific documentation, transparent cost control and the ability to quickly trace medical devices, representing a significant step forward in improving patient safety.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

State-of-the-art hospital relies on GS1 standards for highly efficient and safe ...

Constructing one of the largest hospitals in northern Europe has required a new approach to support process improvements and traceability. State-of-the-art technology has been a requirement for this transformation that has been more than ten years in the making. But how should a hospital plan for technology that might not have been invented yet? Following are the methods facilitated by Aarhus University Hospital and Central Denmark Region to create a foundation of global GS1 standards for innovation and technology adaption in a modern hospital. With standards in place including EPCIS, the hospital can now easily locate the people and assets it needs to provide patients with timely and safe care.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Resah leverages reliable healthcare product data to improve patient safety

French hospitals are today challenged by new regulations that require them to track and trace all healthcare products. As a result, pharmacists in these hospitals need reliable and complete trade item data for greater knowledge about the products they use and for improved patient safety.

Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers (Resah)—the second largest French group purchasing organisation (GPO) that purchases for 320 care providers in France—requested that all its suppliers send synchronised trade item data through the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN). This measure is expected to save time and money for hospitals and pharmacies while ensuring better data quality and greater patient safety.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Imbanaco Medical Centre takes patient care and safety to the next level with tra...

Since 2014, Imbanaco Medical Centre has used GS1 standards to simplify and automate its clinical processes for increased efficiencies in its operations and enhanced patient safety. The hospital has launched several initiatives focused on ensuring the traceability of medicines, medical devices and other supplies—from receiving products in its central warehouse to dispensing medications at patients’ bedsides—to reduce risks and errors. With its automated inventory management system, Imbanaco Medical Centre continues to assure a high-level of patient care and compliance with the patient rights of medication administration.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Legrand strengthens its commitment to customers and quality with singledose iden...

Laboratorios Legrand produces, develops, markets and exports pharmaceutical products, based on international standards and best practices in manufacturing and logistics. A longtime user of GS1 standards throughout its operations, the company is now using GS1 standards, encoded in GS1 DataMatrix barcodes, to uniquely identify single doses of its branded pharmaceutical, Omeprazol. Based on positive pilot results with Valle del Lili, a prominent hospital, Legrand plans to extend the benefits of using GS1 standards to include other product lines and business transactions in the near future.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Reference Architecture enables locating assets for Danish hospitals

Technologies to keep track of the location of people and physical objects, whether indoors or outdoors, are continuously improving and quickly reaching maturity. The ability of locating objects and people provides for a wide range of opportunities for healthcare providers to significantly improve the efficiency of their operations.

The National Reference Architecture is serving as a common framework for information technology (IT) projects in Denmark’s healthcare, enabling the automatic location and identification of objects. Its goal is to make it easier to exchange location-related information and to capitalise on investments in location-related systems. In short, the reference architecture aims to drive significant improvements in hospital operations with many related benefits for patient care. Also the National Reference Architecture points to standards such as the GTIN, GRAI, EPICS to support exchange of locating information.

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Prati-Donaduzzi invests in GS1 standards for traceability of medicines in Brazil...

For nearly 25 years, Prati-Donaduzzi has built its reputation on a foundation of producing quality medicines, respect for its employees and a commitment to ethical business practices. In 2014, the pharmaceutical manufacturer started using GS1 identifiers encoded in GS1 DataMatrix barcodes to identify its pharmaceutical drugs at the single-dose level. As a result, Prati-Donaduzzi has realised the value of fractionable medications, enabling traceability throughout the healthcare supply chain, increasing efficiencies within its own operations and for its healthcare providers, and improving the care and safety for patients.