Derby race into first position

First NHS Demonstrator Trust to complete Scan4Safety uses hTrak system.

Prospitalia h-trak (formerly Healthlogistics) is delighted to announce that Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the first of the six demonstrator trust sites to have completed all the required GS1 and PEPPOL phases of the Department of Health’s Scan4Safety programme.

Derby Teaching Hospitals, a visionary trust, has understood the importance of tracking consumables and implants to the patient for some time now.  As early as April 2014, they started using the hTrak system in their general theatres and rapidly learnt the value that procedure-level information could bring to their materials management process,  as well as the improvements in patient safety by using hTrak’s ‘track and trace’ functionality.  As a result of this knowledge, Derby rolled out the hTrak system across all procedure areas, supported by the Department of Health Scan4Safety programme. This summer they were independently audited, and acknowledged as the first trust to successfully meet the required Department of Health Scan4Safety standards for materials management, purchase-to-pay and product recall.

In addition to the patient safety improvements delivered by Derby’s Scan4Safety implementation using hTrak, the trust has realised financial benefits of over £1.6 million and are on course to exceed their original forecasted projection of attaining a 4:1 ‘Value for Money’ ratio.

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, claims this achievement comes from operating a cost-efficient supply chain and having more detailed financial management information than in previous years.  He commented “Using the procedure data and pricing information captured by hTrak has enabled our Finance, Clinical and Procurement teams to review their performance and make more informed decisions. Our starting point though was some 18 months before the inception of the Scan4Safety Programme, when we first introduced hTrak procedure-based barcode scanning for material management and track and trace to enhance patient safety. To date our clinical teams across our 39 theatres have scanned and costed over 120k procedures.”

 Kirk Kikirekov, Managing Director of Prospitalia h-trak, is delighted by Derby’s accreditation, added: “We congratulate Derby Teaching Hospitals on their Scan4Safety accreditation and wish them continued success”, he said.  “Derby had the foresight three years ago to understand the value of capturing information at the point of care using barcoding and mobile data capture technologies. The hTrak system has had remarkable success in Australia and the UK and now, as part of the wider Prospitalia group, continues to grow and be successful.  As Managing Director of the company, I celebrate the achievements made by our customers and take pride in the fact that we have played a part”.

More about the hTrak system

Recently acquired by Prospitalia GmbH, Germany’s leading hospital group purchasing organisation (GPO), Healthlogistics, through hTrak PTY Ltd, introduced the hTrak system into the UK three years ago to provide a secure, web-based, integrated procedure costing to the UK Healthcare market.

The hTrak system captures and decodes barcodes to accurately identify products used in hospitals, particularly in departments where surgical and interventional procedures are performed. When combined with other data captured in the system, hTrak provides a rich source of procedure information, including procedure costs. To date across both the UK and Australian customer base, hTrak has enabled over 1.9 million procedures worldwide to be fully costed.

hTrak has been designed as a healthcare information management system based on :

  • Point of care data capture using mobile technology
  • Comprehensive database of medical and surgical products
  • Powerful and flexible reporting
  • Support for critical business processes – billing, purchasing and cost reporting and management

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