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GS1 Standards in Healthcare

Healthcare services depend on a whole series of supply chains for their day-to-day operations, from pharmaceuticals, medical devices and surgical supplies to food, cleaning supplies and other services.

Enabling efficiency and cost savings with barcode scanning in healthcare

Whilst the majority of products supplied already have GS1 barcodes it is fair to say that the use of automatic capture technologies (e.g. barcode scanning) is virtually non existent. As a consequence there are undoubtedly considerable inefficiencies in the current process including significant wastage. By contrast, over the past 30 years, the FMCG supply chains have become very efficient and have delivered high customer service performance in terms of on shelf availability, lower costs, traceability and reduced wastage.

Benefits on GS1 standards adoption in Healthcare

The opportunity to improve the performance of the Irish Healthcare service through use of standardised ICT, based on the GS1 System, is significant in terms of the potential for:

  • Improved patient safety through the reduction of the risk of errors.
  • Improved clinical data records through accurate and automatic pick-up of treatment information.
  • The provision of accurate master product information for medicines, medical devices and other products used to treat patients.
  • Ensuring the correct products are available when and where required.
  • Minimising waste - through better stock management including rotation to avoid goods exceeding their expiry dates.
  • The elimination of enormous amounts of unnecessary paperwork, thereby releasing scarce people resources for other more added value tasks.
  • The enhancement of traceability systems through information systems which automatically record batch/lot information.

To find out more about how the adoption of GS1 standards can help organisations in the healthcare sector, please contact Siobhain Duggan on 01 208 0679.


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