Today’s healthcare industry faces growing pressures as the number of patients accelerates and regulatory demands continue to emerge. All healthcare stakeholders are being challenged to eliminate errors in patient care while executing highly effective and efficient processes to control increasing costs. We are collaborating with partners to extend the use of GS1 standards beyond the supply chain to the patient bedside for improved patient care, outcomes and safety.
GS1 standards are enabling healthcare providers to uniquely and automatically identify products, patients, caregivers, assets and locations for transparent processes across the healthcare value chain. GS1 standards provide a global common language—identification, barcodes and data sharing—so that all stakeholders can work together seamlessly, UDI application is one of examples. In this issue, we would like to address the progress for local medical practices.
The automation of processes reduces human error and ensures the right product is available for the right patient at the right time. There are significant reductions in stock with automated stock management, faster order fulfilment with more efficient warehouse operations and full transparency with automated prescription processes. We also asked key technology suppliers to provide some actionable plans on how to comply with UDI regulations.
The use of GS1 standards needs to become a strategic priority for hospitals worldwide. They have come to realize that with the simple scan of a barcode, they can build a better and safer environment for clinicians, staff and patients alike.