Barcode scanning and AR to be showcased at GS1 conference

Barcode scanning and augmented reality (AR) platform Scandit has announced it is working with global barcodes standards body, GS1, in a bit to bring cost and process efficiencies to the healthcare supply chain.

The aim to do this with the use of next-generation mobile barcode scanning and will showcase how it is being used by NHS Trusts at the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference 2019 – taking place from 9-10 April.

Scandit will host a workshop on each day, one with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and another with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with Scandit showing how its mobile scanning software has changed the day-to-day running of clinical and non-clinical operations.

Paul Davis, VP of sales, Northern Europe, Middle East and Asia at Scandit, said: “The GS1 UK Healthcare Conference is a fantastic forum for us to show the extent to which our computer vision software is being used to support healthcare services provided by NHS Trusts, many of which are Global Digital Exemplars. The work we are doing with GS1 UK is vital to ensuring the NHS and its suppliers can easily identify, capture and share information to enhance processes in the supply chain and we look forward to sharing insight with delegates at the conference.”

The company is also working with Samsung to show a healthcare app which uses barcode scanning and augmented reality to perform a number of tasks. These range from ‘medicines management’ including dosage and timing, to ‘patient wristband workflows’ where prescription details and lab results can be viewed, through to ‘human milk tracking’ which helps medical staff select the correct refrigerated, expressed milk and match mother with baby, complete with a timestamp for feeding. Delegates will be able to download the app to test it themselves during the event in the Scandit breakout area, and back in their own workplaces. Delegates from NHS Trusts will be at the breakout area talking about their experiences of using mobile barcode scanning solutions.

Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, said: “The use of GS1 standards in healthcare allows organisations to uniquely identify every person, product, place and process in a consistent format across the entire healthcare sector. Barcodes are one of the data carriers that enable these GS1 standards to be relayed through healthcare providers’ business systems with ease, regardless of the system used. The use of barcodes enables data to be captured in a standardised format at the point of use and made available, virtually instantaneously, to those that need it. Scanning has been shown to drive clinical efficiencies and improve patient safety, becoming a valuable staple within healthcare. Implementing standards and barcodes should be routine practice across all arms of the NHS to drive interoperability.”

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