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Better outcomes for patients – day two of the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference

Date: November 22, 2017

Category: Industry news


We picked up today from where we left off yesterday – how can we all work together to prevent never events?

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who opened are morning sessions, have made a start. Their Clinical Director of Surgery, Keith Jones, is happy to be scanning every interaction he has with patients in theatre. It’s giving him the clinical data he needs to make the right decisions about how he and his colleagues work, and it’s saving them £3m this year. But the potential is greater, the aim is to follow the experience of patients throughout patient pathway.

And that holds great promise for the biggest challenge that was outlined by Professor Terence Stephenson and reemphasised by Bob Alexander this morning – the unacceptable levels of never events in the healthcare system. We are all going to use the NHS at some point and we all want to know that we’ll be safe. It might be difficult to do but as Jo Goulding from NHS Digital told us her personal experiences of care in her presentation, she made it very clear, “talking as a patient, saying it’s hard isn’t a good enough excuse.”

Our final session of the day was about where we might be able to help. At the moment, Trusts are using GS1 standards to capture data. What we need is an intelligent point of care scan to provide healthcare professionals with real time decision support to avoid causing harm. That’s the potential of using EPCIS, the GS1 standard that gives us event data, or as Lord Hunt put it “better outcomes for patients from big data.” It’s the use of technology to avoid harm and intelligently risk manage the healthcare system. That’s the potential of GS1 standards for the NHS and our next challenge is to start doing it.

It’s been a great couple of days, thanks to all our speakers and delegates for attending. And a big thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors. We’re looking forward to our next one!