NHS Scotland has signed a five-year settlement with GS1 UK to assist drive the rollout of requirements inside supplier organisations throughout the nation.
Working with the requirements organisation, NHS Scotland is trying to make use of GS1 requirements to allow them to establish, monitor, and hint merchandise (particularly medicines and medical units), at the side of necessities specified by The Medicines and Medical Devices Act (The MMDA) which got here into pressure in 2021.
Moreover, in March 2021, NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland (NSS) chosen Genesis Automation for a five-year strategic initiative to deploy a brand new stock administration system (IMS) in hospitals throughout the nation.
This may imply GS1 requirements such because the World Commerce Merchandise Quantity (GTIN) – the barcode quantity – inside the IMS will allow merchandise to be traced. This implies merchandise could be recalled sooner and lead to higher affected person security.
A part of the settlement can even imply NSS can have entry to GS1 UK’s LocationManager, which can imply merchandise could be tracked from the purpose of manufacture on to the placement of use on the level of care.
Jonathan Cameron, director of digital well being and look after the Scottish Authorities, stated: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with GS1 UK to extend the adoption of GS1 requirements – the intention being to reinforce affected person security, scale back unwarranted medical variation and drive operational efficiencies in Scotland.
“Driving better transparency and interoperability into our healthcare system won’t solely present us with the information wanted, however we can even have the ability to inform medical choice making which is a crucial driver for enchancment.
“The implementation of GS1 requirements will go a good distance in the direction of delivering our purpose of the availability of even safer and extra environment friendly look after our affected person inhabitants.”
NHS Scotland turns into the most recent devolved nation – alongside England, Northern Eire, and extra just lately Wales – to decide to the widespread adoption of GS1’s requirements, which give a standard language in healthcare. Such requirements can assist underpin methods, and processes to make sure knowledge circulate for each affected person, regardless of the care setting.
Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, added: “As a result of GS1 requirements are each system and system agnostic, they permit for the seamless trade of knowledge past each system and organisational boundaries. That is the important thing to reaching traceability in healthcare and it’s right here the place the true worth lies.
“We sit up for collaborating with the Scottish Authorities and NHS Scotland as a part of this partnership, to assist the execution of their strategic healthcare aims over the following few years.”