GS1 UK Healthcare Conference

GS1 UK ran a very successful healthcare conference on 12th & 13th April.  It was an excellent conference and a testament to the great work being done by NHS England and the Department of Health in collaboration with GS1 UK. The quote from Lord Prior summarises the opportunity very succinctly:

“If I had said I’m talking about the transformation of the NHS, which is what it is all about, then it probably would have gone down better. What can be achieved by something as prosaic as barcoding standards in terms of standardisation, in terms of patient safety, in terms of getting really deep and accurate costing around clinical practice, can be a hugely important part of the future of the NHS.”

 Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the General Medical Council in the UK also highlights the enabling effect that efficiencies gained through the adoption of standards can have:

“Saving money saves lives, because the money we save by disinvesting in inefficient practices we can reinvest in the things that work”

Developing a Scan-Do Attitude

A Special Report on the conference entitled 'Developing a Scan-Do Attitude' has been published in the Health Service Journal and is available here. It is an excellent article which sums up the conference very well and is well worth a read.

All presentations and videos can be viewed by clicking here

Of particular mention are the following presentations:

“GS1 standards improving clinical effectiveness and patient safety”

Keith Jones, Clinical Director of Surgery, Derby Teaching Hospitals

“Implementing GS1 standards in theatres: Improving patient outcomes, efficiency & financial benefits”

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance, Derby Teaching Hospitals

“GS1 as a patient safety initiative”

I highly recommend taking the time to watch the excellent presentation from Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the General Medical Council. He makes a great case in terms of where we need to get to in patient care.


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.

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