Hospital of the future – stage III
The flow of information in the treatment pathway of a patient is currently often interrupted or incomplete. GS1 Switzerland’s ‘Hospitals of the future live’ project aims to change this. Global standards are used to ensure better, faster and more secure processes, avoiding duplication and helping to achieve greater transparency.
A three-stage project
The project is divided into three stages. Stage I was completed in 2014 and showed in a study that consistent, system-based integration of information flows in hospitals with the relevant upstream and downstream processes significantly improved the supply chain.
The subsequent project, Hospitals of the future live, was dedicated to practical implementation in the laboratory of a functioning “section” from stage I, with a focus on achieving the most continuous information flow possible, optimum processes and an efficient and integrated supply chain. Together with experts and students in the specialist field of medical IT from Berner Fachhochschule (Bern University of Applied Sciences), around 35 work packages were processed, the results of which have found international recognition.
The next step is now about to happen: stage III of the project encompasses the further development of the findings from stage II as well as the development and implementation of work streams and solutions for actual application in healthcare.
Take this opportunity to help make Switzerland’s healthcare even more efficient by participating in the ‘Hospitals of the future live’ project. The next work streams are aimed, in particular, at further increasing safety and the quality of care for patients. At the same time, there is a focus on enhancing processes in non-medical areas such as purchasing, logistics, facilities management and maintenance management of fixed assets and intangible assets.
Jointly defining key areas
The intention is for stakeholders to jointly specify key areas in stage III of the project, in order to define integrated solutions with optimum processes. All projects are to be developed and implemented with a view to using standards – both for clinical and logistics processes. The global GS1 standards and standards for health information exchange (HIE) provide an excellent basis for this.