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GS1 Solutions

GS1 has long been evangelising the adoption of barcode standards in the healthcare sector, driving the Patient Identification and medication administration standards as well as those for blood tracking for a number of years.


Bar Code Data can provide GS1 compliant solutions for patient identification in a healthcare setting, providing expertise across a number of different technologies including label/wristband formats to comply with DCB1077, barcode scanning, mobile printing at the bedside for phlebotomy and pharmacy and medicine administration.

GS1 standards have been key in driving the "Scan 4 Safety" initiative successfully launched in 2017, which saw a dramatic reduction in patient identification errors across 6 pilot sites in the NHS, combined with huge efficiency savings for stock control and inventory management.

For more information on GS1 standards, see here.

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Scan 4 Safety

Scan4Safety is a pioneering initiative led by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that is enabling the delivery of better patient care, improved clinical productivity and supply chain efficiency in the NHS.

The objective of the Scan4Safety programme is to improve patient safety whilst reducing the cost of care. Technology can be utilised to make sure we have the 'right patient, right product, right place and right process' every time.

Examples of how technology can be used to support Scan4Safety:

  • Barcode Scanners can be used to record the products and medicines staff use to care for patients, increasing safety and saving money

  • Mobile applications can be utilised to capture a patient's details at their bedside, increasing the amount of time that doctors, nurses and therapist can spend providing care.


These technologies will improve data quality in the patient administration systems allowing for better care and hopefully decrease the time that patients spend in the hospital.

Scan4Safety compliance is achieved through the successful implementation of the three core enablers: Place, Product, Patient. By using GS1 keys to identify these enablers, the trust can begin to capture real-time data through the process of scanning.

  • Locations are identified using Global Location Numbers (GLNs)

  • Products are identified using Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs)

  • Patients are identified using Global Service Relationship Numbers (GSRNs).


Example below of a GLN label :-  


Please contact a member of our healthcare team today and find out how we can help you achieve GS1 and Scan 4 Safety compliance.  


T: 0333 366 0842 


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