Ramsay praised for commitment to patient safety

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Australian hospital group Ramsay Health Care has been recognised on the world stage for its commitment to improving patient safety.

The hospital operator was awarded the prestigious GS1 Healthcare Best Provider Implementation Case Study Award at an award ceremony in Dubai.

The ceremony was part of the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference, where healthcare leaders from around the world had gathered to hear about the implementation of GS1 standards in hospitals and the benefits they bring to providers and patients.

The award recognises the best implementation of GS1 standards by a hospital group to support increased patient safety and provide foundations for ongoing operation efficiency improvements within healthcare.

Ramsay has used the GS1 standards in a number of projects in recent years, leading to significant patient benefits in the areas of master data, inventory management and patient record accuracy.

“We are incredibly pleased and humbled to win this award,” Ramsay Health Care Group Inventory Manager Andrew Potter said.

“It’s a reflection of the continuing work by Ramsay Health Care to look for ways to improve how we deliver care.”

Mr Potter said the award was a result of the continuing work by GS1 in supporting the National E-Health Transition Authority’s (NEHTA) Australian Healthcare Supply Chain reform program.

Ramsay is an active participant in the program, which is working toward a system that delivers substantial quality and efficiency benefits for providers and consumers.

“This award is recognition of what can be delivered when working collaboratively through use of standards, and demonstrates the significant benefits that can be achieved,” NEHTA eHealth Value Chain Manager Paul Broadbridge said.

“We are pleased to see one of our health providers continuing to lead the way within the global community.”

GS1 Healthcare Industry Manager Catherine Keotz added: “We are very pleased to see Ramsay Health Care receive this recognition from their global peers.

“Change within health providers must be finely balanced to ensure quality of care is maintained, and this certainly has been achieved by Ramsay through the implementation of GS1 standards.”

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