Spend Matters article by Nancy Clinton published July 23rd 2015
Nicola Hall, managing director at Ingenica Solutions, which provides the first GS1 certified inventory management solution in the healthcare market, explains how to take advantage of the new developments and the benefits it brings.
Since June this year, as announced by the Department of Health’s eProcurement Strategy, it became mandatory for hospitals across the country to have a GS1 strategy in place. This milestone is a shake-up for the NHS, a long-awaited step forward that forces transformational change in procurement, inventory management and the supply chains across the healthcare system.
From now on, all items in a hospital from surgical implants and medicines to patient wristbands, will have a unique identification, a GS1 code. All locations will also be uniquely identified in the supply chain. This, alongside the use of Electronic Data Interchange of transactions, is expected to save every hospital millions of pounds every year by increasing efficiencies and significantly improving the quality and safety of care….
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