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Implementing GS1 Standards in NHS business transactions to achieve Scan4Safety compliance

January 27, 2017

What was the problem?

As a Scan4Safety demonstrator site, while implementation of GS1 standards in many areas of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust were progressing well, one challenge facing them was how to incorporate the specific standards that identify products – known as Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs**) – and places – known as Global Location Numbers (GLNs*) – as part of their transactional data. GTIN and GLN identifiers are required in order to provide transparency into what goods are coming into the Trust and where they are from and to where they are designated within the Trust. A hurdle in the way of achieving this was the multiple technology providers that are involved in supply chain and procurement operations within an NHS trust.

Furthermore, as an NHS demonstrator site, Plymouth Hospitals needed these fields to be available in their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Oracle, as quickly as possible. There was a very short timeline from identifying the requirements for a new release of software from the technology partners involved, to the development, testing and release of the code into the operational systems.

How was the problem solved?

Working in partnership, NHS SBS and GHX were able to progress a solution which was developed, tested and released two weeks ahead of schedule to ensure that the Trust could demonstrate compliance in August.

Read Plymouth’s full case study to find out more about this solution.