Why the NHS must replicate Retail
By adopting GS1 Standards and improving procurement management, the NHS stands to save as much as £1bn
In the mid-70s, grocery retailers embarked on an ambitious plan – to barcode their items to create a data trail from supplier to consumer. By pooling their efforts and sharing this data they could better understand their supply chain, market and consumers, creating efficiencies which could be passed on to customers.
Fast forward 40 years and the NHS hopes to do the same with a Department of Health mandate that all trusts draw up plans to implement GS1 barcoding standards.
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