GS1 standards are helping the NHS save thousands of lives and millions of pounds
We work with healthcare providers and suppliers to improve patient safety, enhance clinical effectiveness and drive operational efficiencies
The NHS needs transformational change. Both the interim and final Carter Review reinforced this and called for the NHS to undergo a cultural shift to bring about major efficiencies, or risk further losses.
The interim review states that the introduction of GS1 standards will allow every NHS hospital in England to save an average of £3million each year, while improving patient care. In a time where the NHS is under increasing pressure to do more for less, savings like this will be crucial.
What can be achieved by something as prosaic as barcoding standards in terms of standardisation, in terms of patient safety, in terms of getting really deep and accurate costing around clinical practice, can be a hugely important part of the future of the NHS”
Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity
The Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandates the use of GS1 standards in every NHS Acute Trust in England - to increase efficiencies and significantly improve the quality and safety of care.