GS1 Reference Book 2015 to 2016 St. James's Hospital Case Study

St. James's Hospital use GS1 Standards to automate and standardise their end-to-end ordering process

St James's LogoIn 2013, St James's Hospital (SJH) embarked on a proof-of-concept (POC) project in conjunction with a number of suppliers to automate the end-to-end ordering process. The objective of the POC was to fully standardise and automate the ordering process between the hospital and the supplier. The process replaces paper-based systems and provides direct links between financial and clinical systems. The globally unique GS1 identification keys for products and locations are at the heart of this solution enabling automation and traceability. In September 2014, St James's Hospital went live with their first supplier, Cruinn Diagnostics. SJH now invites all suppliers to join the programme (which is based on the full adoption of GS1 standards).

In addition to the patient safety and efficiency drivers, the economic situation in Ireland means there is huge pressure on cost savings. This combined with a change in government policy towards a "money follows the patient" model and the impending regulatory changes for pharmaceuticals and medical devices means that the time was right for St James's Hospital to step forward to address the problem.

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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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