Scan4Safety adoption continues to grow
Following the 2016 demonstrator programme launched by the Department of Health and Social Care, Scan4Safety continues to gain momentum across the UK.
Since its inception, Scan4Safety has been adopted by several NHS trusts in England and national ‘Scan for Safety’ programmes have now been established in both Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland are establishing plans to implement point-of-care scanning via its transformational Encompass programme.
Each programme has been introduced with the fundamental aim of improving patient safety through better traceability of medical devices and equipment using global standards such as GS1.
A key focus for the programme is enabling the capture of standardised data relating to patient, product, place, procedure, staff, and equipment, through point-of-care scanning and digital data capture.
The importance for suppliers
A critical success factor for the various programmes stems from the ability to unique identify necessary products, medical devices, assets, and equipment accurately at the point of care.