Selecting barcode technology to succeed with technological “transformation”


“Tech transformation is coming,” stated Matt Hancock during his first speech as UK health secrtary, as he vowed £500m of investment on technology to make the National Health Service the most advanced in the world.1 Featuring prominently in this address was the use of barcode technology, including wristbands to track patients and the treatment they receive as they move around hospitals.

Following the initial Scan4Safety scheme originally tested in six NHS Trusts two years ago, officials estimated that the NHS could save up to £1 billion over seven years by becoming more efficient. More importantly, barcode technology and specifically the adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL standards has huge potential to simplify processes and improve efficiency throughout the healthcare supply chain. By connecting every place, product and person involved in a patient’s journey, it is possible to release time and resources back to what your clinicians do best; care for patients.

With barcode technology set to be at the centre of technological “transformation” in the NHS, this white paper takes a closer look at the technology and the critical questions you need to consider for a succesful deployment for tracking assets.