Experts, both clinical and non-clinical, are talking about Scan4Safety and the difference it will make to the NHS. See below for the latest selection of testimonials from individuals across the industry.
The pharmacy team at Royal Cornwall is incorporating bar-code scanning into its receipt and dispensing processes. The team is currently piloting an electronic ‘Pharmacy Ordering Portal’, allowing wards to order all their medicines electronically and which provides pharmacy with a bar-code enabled ordering process for stock items, controlled drugs and named patient items. We are in the process of evaluating the impact of this change for named patient supply and the preliminary results in dispensing error reduction are very encouraging.
The first year of the programme has focused on embedding three GS1 core enablers (patient, place and product) and, now that we have these in place, we are taking forward primary use cases within the supply chain which will result in efficiencies and increased patient safety. Using barcodes is very powerful and provides a fast and accurate means of capturing data, offering better interoperability between systems and business processes.
The recent implementation of the Scan4Safety project in Cardiology provides us for the very first time complete traceability of products such as implantable medical devices used with our patients. Knowledge is power – not only does this provide us with a level of data and insight that can be used to better challenge clinical practice and variation, helping us to reduce inefficiencies and improve patient experience and outcomes – more importantly it ultimately helps to safeguard our patients from avoidable harm. In the event of a product recall, we can now easily and quickly track an affected product to the right patient.
Scan4safety is a cross cutting transformation project that brings together a common language and standards to the wider NHS. It allows us to better manage data in such a way as to identify inconsistency, waste and drive for a safer, lower cost patient pathway. Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the largest in the UK and the largest demonstrator site for Scan4Safety with six sites to cover, making implementation of the project extensive and complex, however, the expected outcomes will be well worth the effort.
Saving an average of up to 3 million
The introduction of GS1 standards will allow every NHS hospital in England to save on average up to £3 million each year while improving patient care.
The GS1 programme is really important to us as an organisation. I think primarily for me in improving patient safety, secondly for improving our operational efficiency, and improving our reliability and our standards of care to our patients.
Scan4Safety isn’t another large-scale system change, this is about making modifications to our existing processes and systems to ensure they speak a common language – GS1 standards. This consistency, together with our new Electronic Patient Record, will give us, for the very first time, a much more joined up, holistic view of the patient journey.