The Government calls for all NHS trusts to adopt barcode scanning by 2024 – Scan4Safety

On the 15th June, the UK government announced that all NHS trusts across England will be required to adopt barcode scanning of high-risk medical devices.

The March 2024 deadline set is part of a wider mandate to digitally transform the NHS and ensure its long-term sustainability. This includes cutting waiting lists and recovering performance, in addition to improving use of technology and workforce practice.

The 2024 deadline only confirms the vital role that barcode scanning has to play within our healthcare system.

Ingenica 360 leads the way in inventory management

The first GS1 UK approved solution for inventory management across the NHS, Ingenica’s 360 inventory management system is already improving patient safety as part of the Scan4Safety initiative and provides a 360-degree view of costs to track and trace stock, improving visibility and control across the supply chain.

Our real-time, traceable inventory optimisation and automated replenishment solution allows trusts to effectively manage inventory much more efficiently, without compromising service delivery or adding to staff workload.

Supporting Scan4Safety

By enabling end-to-end traceability and cohesive, interoperable processes throughout the entire patient pathway, the initial Scan4Safety programme, launched in 2016, freed up over 140 thousand hours of clinical time back into care along with almost £5 million in recurrent inventory savings and £9 million of non-recurrent inventory reductions.*

Scan4Safety was relaunched by NHS England in October 2022 and 31 per cent of trusts in England have now adopted GS1 standards and programmes are now being implemented across Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Ingenica 360 remains the leading trusted provider of the technology powering the essential nationwide reform of inventory management.

* Source GS1 UK


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