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UDI forum for healthcare suppliers

Powering device traceability from manufacturer to patient

Thursday 17 June 09:30am1:00pm BST

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3.5 hours of content 8 industry experts 6 insightful sessions 1 great forum

What's in store?

Unique Device Identification (UDI) forms the foundations of many global healthcare regulations. As a supplier, it is important to know exactly what you need to do to comply and understand what doing so means in clinical settings, beyond the realms of the healthcare supply chain.

To ensure you are up to speed on how to use and implement GS1 standards to meet UDI requirements, we have developed a short half day programme that will provide you with an in-depth understanding of what you need to do. 

Join us to discover how the seemingly small act of uniquely identifying your products has a huge impact on transforming patient care.

Explore the agenda below for your guide on all you need to know.

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Who's involved?

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For Smith & Nephew, using UDIs for our medical devices represents our commitment to traceability in healthcare. GS1 standards not only enable us to comply with the necessary regulatory requirements, but also to play a fundamental role in improving patient safety.

Mark East, UDI program manager (advanced wound management), Smith & Nephew

What's on the agenda?

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Agenda part one

Welcome from GS1 UK

GS1 UK's healthcare team provides a warm welcome to the virtual UDI forum for healthcare suppliers

Chris Florey, engagement manager – healthcare, GS1 UK

George Lawton, engagement manager – healthcare, GS1 UK

How GS1 and PEPPOL standards enable traceability in the clinical setting

  • Application of GS1 standards in a healthcare setting
    • GLNs: as the foundation for tracking and process management
    • GSRNs: as the primary identifier in healthcare
    • GTINs: enabling more than procurement
  • How PEPPOL and GS1 standards combine to ensure smooth electronic procurement flows
  • The human factor: exploring the impact and benefits of using GS1 standards

Mark Songhurst, project manager Scan4Safety (programme lead), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Danny Cooper, project assistant Scan4Safety, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical device registration system/UDIs in safety communications

  • UDI requirements in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Medicines and Medical Devices Act
  • MHRA Devices Registration System: discussion around future plans to make the system publicly accessible and information sharing with other parts of the health system
  • The importance of including UDIs in MHRA and manufacturer safety communications

Bayode Adisa, devices data and surveillance strategy manager, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

A supplier perspective: exploring the “how” and “why” behind UDI

  • Introduction to Smith & Nephew – understanding what we do
  • Customer and regulatory requirements, and how to meet them
  • The supplier perspective: insights into our approach to UDI
  • Equipment design and ideation
  • Lessons learned

Mark East, UDI program manager (advanced wound management), Smith & Nephew

Agenda part two

An introduction to PEPPOL, its use with GS1 standards, and what it means in operational practice in the NHS

  • PEPPOL overview
  • UK market developments
  • PEPPOL and GS1 standards in practice
  • The benefits of PEPPOL and GS1 standards to healthcare

Steve Graham, market development lead, OpenPeppol

Anna Micklewright, global head of sales – healthcare, Pagero

Global standards: a must for UDI in the EU, and beyond

  • The benefits of UDI and of global standards
  • GS1 identifiers and UDI in the EU
  • EUDAMED piece by piece
  • UDI and the rest of the world

Géraldine Lissalde-Bonnet, director public policy, GS1 Global Office

Closing remarks

Thank you and closing remarks from GS1 UK

Chris Florey, engagement manager – healthcare, GS1 UK

Meet the speakers

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Who should attend?

Who should attend from healthcare supplier, manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler organisations

  • Finance professionals (including: chief financial officer, financial and credit controllers, and finance managers)
  • Business development professionals (including: business development manager, account managers, director of and head of sales, commercial managers)
  • IT, data and systems leads (including: IT directors and managers, finance systems managers, technical directors and EDI coordinator)
  • Managing directors and operational leads
  • Quality and regulatory compliance leads
  • Supply chain professionals
  • Medical professionals

Who should attend from NHS provider organisations, regulatory bodies, healthcare associations, and NHS arm’s length bodies

  • Finance professionals (including: directors of finance and finance managers)
  • Procurement professionals (including: directors and assistant directors of procurement, heads of procurement, procurement and e-procurement managers, and operations procurement leads)
  • Systems management leads (including: financial systems support professionals, procurement systems managers, and systems project accountants)
  • Digital programme managers
  • Scan4Safety leads and programme managers
  • E-commerce managers
  • Healthcare regulators

Key takeaways

Learning outcomes
  • Discover the importance of accurate product identification using GS1 standards
  • Explore the impact of UDI beyond the supply chain
    • Why this is vital for product recalls and patient safety
    • How UDI underpins efficiencies within the purchase to pay process
    • What this means for hospitals system interoperability
    • How UDI enables full product traceability and where this fits into healthcare’s national integration strategy
  • Understand how to use GS1 standards to meet regulatory requirements for EU Medical Device Regulations (EU MDR) and prepare for forthcoming UK UDI legislation (e.g. the Medicines and Medical Devices Act)
  • Find out how to get started on how to adopt and implement GS1 standards for UDI

The focus of any healthcare organisation has to be a patient-centred approach to care. If we can use standard ways of capturing and recording data, it will allow staff to record details at the point of care quickly and efficiently – this is why UDI is so important. For items in our supply chain, good data will mean that staff giving care simply need to reach to the shelf and the item they require is there whenever they need it. GS1 GLNs and GTINs are key to the success of this innovation!

Mark Songhurst, project manager Scan4Safety (programme lead), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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