5 heavy hitters take lead on UDI

April 26, 2013 in Medical Technology

The Healthcare Transformation Group – made up of members Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Mercy – has created a research and development team, to put implementation of a Unique Device Identification System on the fast track.

The team is composed of physicians and clinical researchers from the five healthcare systems that make up the Healthcare Transformation Group, or HTG.

HTG was formed in 2010 as an action-oriented collaboration to share best practices and drive for needed positive change across the healthcare supply chain. The first focused initiative being addressed is the implementation of GS1 Standards. The collaboration among the five health systems evolved as an extension of each member’s involvement in healthcare’s movement toward standards adoption.

[See also: Health systems target efficiency with GS1 Standards.]

The team will advance the goals of the HTG, including the adoption of GS1 standards, and together accelerate the healthcare systems’ work to implement a UDI system. 

A UDI is intended to be used to identify the device, such as cardiac stents, pacemakers and orthopedic joint replacement, through distribution and use.

The RD team includes:

  • Joseph Drozda, Jr., MD, director of outcomes research, Mercy
  • Jove Graham, director of clinical research project evelopment, Geisinger Center for Health Research, Geisinger Heath System
  • J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, cardiology, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Liz Paxton, director of surgical outcomes, Kaiser Permanente
  • Robert F. Rea, MD, cardiovascular diseases, Mayo Clinic 

“We are focused more than ever on the full implementation of a UDI system in our industry,” Drozda said, in a news release. “Clinicians clearly see the value of the adoption of data standards.”

“We also see the clear value and benefits of tracking medical devices and the positive impact this has on our patients and industry,” Rea added, in a statement.

“I don’t think recall is all of it,” Graham told Healthcare IT News, “But I think it’s the easiest example to cite. Unlike a recall of a child’s toy or something, you can just sort of look at it and figure whether you have the right one or not, when you’re talking about an implant that’s inside a patient’s body, they obviously need more information to find out the immediate answer to the question, ‘Does it affect me or does it not affect me?’”

Graham explained that today many implants come with a wallet-sized card with some information about the device. But, some devices do not even have that.

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