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What is the value of GS1 adoption to the NHS?

Date: May 27, 2016

Category: Industry news


Leading figures from the Department of Health, the General Medical Council and NHS Trusts in England speak to GS1 UK

Lord Prior, Professor Terence Stephenson, Pat Mills, Lorna Wilkinson and Kevin Downs have all told us what they think. We’ll be at NHS Confed in a few weeks’ time, if you’re attending why not come and share your thoughts with us? Our healthcare team will be there to answer any questions and share the latest results from the demonstrator sites.

On a whole range of measures I think barcoding can make a huge difference to the way we run our major hospitals in England.”

Lord David Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity

I’ve had a long standing interest in patient safety, and I think the idea of barcoding is a tremendous possibility.”

Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the General Medical Council

The value of adopting GS1 for the NHS and for the wider health service? Conservatively, I’m going to go for £500 million to £1 billion a year.”

Pat Mills, Commercial Director, Department of Health

The GS1 programme is really important to us as an organisation. I think primarily for me in improving patient safety, secondly for improving our operational efficiency, and improving our reliability and our standards of care to our patients.”

Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

I think that the real value of (GS1) adoption in the NHS is the fact that it will give us the common language that all our trusts can start to talk about the same product by the same identifier.”

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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