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HMI Dublin Mid Leinster Regional Meeting, 11 March 2019:

“Building the foundations for a Digital Strategy”

Speaker: Please see list of contributors below 
Date:11 March 2019
Time:17.45 – 19.00
Location:Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) Building**
1st Floor MISA Centre
St. James’s Hospital
Dublin 8


This evening briefing will give an overview of some of the programmes that are feeding into the digital strategy for St James’s Hospital. In order to achieve this strategy, the foundations need to be laid to enable the electronic capture of data at the point of care. Unique identification and barcoding standards (GS1) enable this.

The recent go live of the Electronic Patient Record for inpatient care is transforming the way patients are admitted, treated and discharged in St James’s Hospital. St. James’s Hospital has a proven record in the implementation of national programmes that use track and trace technology to support patient safety in areas such as haemophilia treatment and in sterilisation services for surgical instruments and endoscopes. These solutions have proven that the use of global GS1 standards significantly enhances patient safety, traceability and certainty of product identification for effective and efficient product recall across the healthcare supply chain.

More recently, St. James’s has used modern barcode technology to automate the procurement of medical supplies, tracking of laboratory samples from theatre to laboratory using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and tracking of products used in theatre to achieve patient level costing.  

Please see timetable below to access presentations from the event and post event articles published in the Healthcare Managers Journal.

Timetable for the event:

18.00Welcome and opening address
Lorcan Birthistle, Vice President, HMI and CEO, St. James’s Hospital
Digital strategies have transformed patient care in St. James’s Hospital
18.10“Overview (project Oak and key hospital initiatives enabled by standards)” 
Grainne Courtney
Presentation slides
18.20“Scan for surgery and patient level costing”
Mary O’Brien, Assistant Director of Nursing & John Cotter (TBC), Director of Finance
Presentation slidesScan for surgery cost efficiencies
Scan for surgery improves patient safety
18.30“Surgical Instrument track and trace from HSSU to the patient in theatre”
Andrew Smith, HSSU (Sterile Services) Manager
Presentation slidesProviding traceability for surgical procedures
18.40“Safe treatment of Haemophilia patients using GS1 standards”
Feargal McGroarty, National Haemophilia System Project Manager
Presentation slidesSafe treatment for haemophilia patients revolutionised
18.50“Improving patient safety by automatic tracking of precious samples from theatre to laboratory”
Dr Una Geary, Director for Quality and Safety Improvement
Presentation slidesRFID-Enabled Technology for the Transport of Precious Laboratory Samples
Q&A and close of meeting
Lorcan Birthistle, Vice President, HMI and CEO, St. James’s Hospital


Giving time back to patient care

The initiative provides traceability of items used during surgery and procedures, improving the standard of care provided to patients and the Hospital's efficiency.