HSE Lighthouse Projects

GS1 identification standards key for success of Haemophilia track and trace

The Lighthouse Projects around Epilepsy, Haemophilia, and Bipolar were the focus for discussion at the fourth instalment of the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem at the Ballsbridge Hotel on March 1st, 2016. The event, attended by over 140 delegates, brought together the HSE, the Department of Health, hospital clinicians, nurses, service users, industry leaders, and vendors. The CIO of the HSE, Richard Corbridge, introduced the delegates to the three lighthouse projects, emphasising that the use of technology in healthcare will inevitably save lives.

“Key driver for Haemophilia track and trace was the ability to recall, key to this is unique identification using GS1 standards” says Dr Barry White, Medical Director, Consultant Haematologist, St James's Hospital

Dr. Barry White, showed the key requirements of integration between stakeholders, data repository and keeping open source platforms, as a vital element to the future of eHealth projects. The key highlights of the project are national integration to hospital PAS, open source platform, open data pilot, patient mobile application, IHI (unique patient identification is key and the programme has been using GS1 identifiers to uniquely identify patients, staff, locations and products for full track and track from manufacturer to patient). Each patient can administer their medication using an app on their mobile phone with the ability to scan the medication to verify it is safe to take and to send information back to clinical and inventory systems.

All speakers emphasised the theme that technology, while an enabler, is not the only solution and that system integration and system interoperability is the main key to success. You can read more about lighthouse projects on the eHealth Ireland website.