HUG Events

Safer More Efficient Care Starts with a Simple Scan

Getting ready for the EU Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulations – Implications for Hospitals and Suppliers

Event held Tuesday 28th March 2017 in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin. We would like to extend a big thank you to all our speakers and supporters including the HSE, HPRA, IMVO, GS1 Global, Hospitals and Suppliers.

Morning Session: Falsified Medicines Directive

The morning session focussed on the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). The EU date for compliance is 19th Feb 2019.

Session Chair: Orlaith Brennan, IPHA

Speakers and Presentations

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Afternoon Session: Medical Device Regulation - Unique Device Identification

The afternoon session focussed on the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and Unique Device Identification (UDI). The EU date for compliance is 2020.

Session Chair: John Swords, HSE

Speakers and Presentations

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Safer more efficient care starts with a simple scan

HSE Procurement hosts Irish Healthcare User Group (HUG) seminar to examine the benefits of, and requirements for, barcode technology across the healthcare supply chain

The HSE Dr Steevens Hospital was the venue for the Irish Healthcare User Group (HUG) seminar on 4th November last. Over 80 senior leaders from Irish healthcare were present, with representatives from both the supplier and healthcare provider communities in attendance.

“Safer more efficient care starts with a simple scan” was the theme of the meeting. The presentations, delivered by guest speakers from across the clinical, regulatory and commercial worlds, looked at the wide ranging benefits to be accrued from the adoption of unique identification numbers and barcode scanning - right across healthcare, from procurement to theatre and bedside scanning.

Individual Health Identifier (IHI)

The event opened with a presentation from Richard Corbridge, CIO HSE. Mr Corbridge emphasised the requirement for a standards-based approach for Unique Identification saying “we can’t deliver without GS1 and data standards - we need to be able to identify all parts of the care journey”. He outlined plans for the launch of the Individual Health Identifier which will be based on the GS1 identifier for patients.


Unique Identification with a GS1 GTIN

John Swords of Health Business Services, the HSE’s Procurement Division, outlined how procurement is building on existing successful implementations of track and trace in Irish healthcare. Lighthouse Projects such as surgical instrument and endoscope tracking, as well as haemophilia medication management, use the GS1 GTIN as the single identifier, supporting a single system and one voice for health. 

‘GTIN is just another name for a barcode. The most fundamental thing is to start with the GTIN and get your master data right,’ said Pat Tracy Group Operations Director, DCC Vital who spoke at the seminar about the ‘opportunity or cost’ of implementing GS1 standards. Mr. Tracy continued that regulation is mandating this change for suppliers, so industry must embrace it.  He commented that while implementation will cost money there are opportunities for suppliers, big and small, in automating the order-to-cash cycle. 

Michael Kelly, former Secretary General for the Department of Health and Board Director of GS1 Ireland and Chair of the Healthcare Committee moderated the event.  Mr. Kelly outlined the opportunity for Ireland to leverage learnings from best practice both in Ireland and internationally.  He pointed to the benefits of uniquely identifying patient, provider, product, place and procedure enabling the capture of information and outcomes based analytics.  With work underway on the single financial management system the timing is right to ‘design in’ GS1 standards from the start, for a joined up system approach.

Presentations from the HUG - HSE - GS1 Breakfast Briefing held on 4 November 2016 in Dr. Steevens' Hospital are available below to download.

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Speakers & Presentation Files (pdf)

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A Shared Vision for Healthcare – Building our Future

SJH Whitepaper CoverAchieving Patient Safety and Efficiency in Healthcare through Barcoding

In November 2014 the GS1 Ireland Healthcare User Group (HUG) hosted a Breakfast Briefing titled: "A Shared Vision for Healthcare - Building our Future - Achieving Patient Safety and Efficiency in Healthcare through Barcoding".

Copies of the presentations are now available to download below.

The GS1 Healthcare User Group (HUG) for Ireland was launched in April 2013 with the objective to create awareness and provide support to all stakeholders on the implementation of GS1 Standards to increase patient safety and to improve value and efficiency in the delivery of healthcare in Ireland. 

At the briefing the HUG presented an overview of the work conducted to date including: 

  • a national overview from the perspective of the HSE and the work conducted by the Healthcare User group to assess market readiness to use GS1 identifiers.
  • the proof-of-concept project conducted by St. James’s Hospital with a number of suppliers to automate the end-to-end ordering process, to replace existing paper based processes. The work conducted during the proof-of-concept links to the National Strategy for the HSE and is in line with the new Medical Device Regulation (Unique Device Identification – UDI) which is being implemented by the FDA and soon by the EU Commission to increase traceability of devices for patient safety purposes. 
  • a report on the excellent progress in Australia from Tania Snioch.

HUG Breakfast Briefing Presentations:

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To understand more about UDI please look at this excellent short video prepared by Roche on the work they are doing to be ready for the Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation -

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