In Letter to Congress, Premier Urges Support for Medical Device UDIby sterling1 on Jan 19, 2010 • 9:40 pm No Comments
Thanks to Health Data Management we have this recent news about a letter penned by Premier, Inc., to U.S. House and Senate members asking them to retain the medical device Unique Device Identification (UDI) provision in any healthcare reform bill. The news item was written by Joseph Goedert. In it, he quotes the most relevant paragraph from Premier’s letter:
“UDI is the missing link to protect the safety of patients by improving processes for device recalls and corrections,” the Charlotte, N.C.-based organization said in the letter. “Unlike medications, and virtually every other product sold in the marketplace, medical devices cannot be identified in a systematic and consistent manner. The resulting ad hoc approach results in increased clinical risks to patients, including implanting a defective, counterfeit or recalled product, inability to track the recipient of a faulty product (recalls) and inability to track adverse events appropriately.”
You can read the full text of this news report by scrolling down the page at this link.
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