IMPROVING ACCURACY, EFFICIENCY & PATIENT SAFETY IN THE NHS

Selecting barcode technology to succeed with technological “transformation”

 

Codici a barre sanità"Tech transformation is coming", stated Matt Hancock during his first speech as the UK health secretary, as he vowed £500m of investment in technology to make the National Health Service the most advanced in the world. Featured prominently in this address was the use of barcode technology, including wristbands to track patients and the treatment they receive during hospital stays.

Following the initial Scan4Safety outline originally tested in six NHS Trusts two years ago, officials estimated that 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 center of technological "transformation" in NHS, this white paper takes a closer look at the technology that tracks the assets and the critical questions you need to consider for a successful deployment.