UDIs May Soon Have a Place on Medicare Claim Forms
There are tens of millions of Americans with artificial joints, cardiac stents or other implanted medical devices. Many private and nonprofit organizations, including hospital systems, want to capture the unique device identifiers (UDIs) from these implanted devices on insurance forms and in patient records. Not only will this information improve patient safety, the data can also be mined to improve the devices and patient outcomes.
As noted in “Medical Device Identifiers Can Help Medicare Improve Patient Safety, Health Care,” posted by Josh Rising on PewTrusts.org, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are driving efforts to add UDIs to Medicare claim forms. Other patient advocacy groups also want to see UDIs listed on insurance claim forms and in patient records. Recording UDI information will make it easier to detect device complications or failures and streamline efforts to notify patients in the event of a recall. Working faster to identify problems or trigger a recall could save a patient from needless pain or suffering, while also saving time and money within the healthcare system. Secondly, UDI data could also be used to evaluate the success or usefulness of medical devices for certain types of patients or illnesses. This insight can then be used to improve medical device performance, and the health of the patients that rely on them. A similar program monitoring prescription drugs revealed a correlation between a vaccine and an infant intestinal disorder. Without the opportunity to mine and analyze big data, the correlation may not have been discovered.
Medical Device Manufacturers Use ERP for Traceability and Quality Control
Medical device manufacturers using robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are already a step ahead with traceability. Modern ERP offers an efficient way to manage the lifecycle of a device from the raw materials used, through the manufacturing process, to the end product delivered to a customer. Volumes of data regarding medical devices, including quality assurance and quality control evaluations, provides manufacturers and healthcare agencies the opportunity to evaluate the success or usefulness of these products and respond faster to potential problems that could trigger a recall.
Capturing medical device UDIs on Medicare forms and in patient records will benefit both patients and medical device manufacturers. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions to learn how ERP strengthens traceability efforts and provides greater insight into product quality and use.
By AKA Enterprise Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP Partner for Life Sciences