Do we use the information we have?

What if critical systems don’t easily include information on critical items?

There are unique ID numbers on some medical devices such as pacemakers and hip replacements.  But the nature of medical billing systems makes it difficult to include this information in the normal medical information flow. This complicates recalls and the like.

“Medicare Backs ID Numbers For Devices,” The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2016 A3.

Medicare has, after years of requests, finally supported adding the unique IDs to billing records, so the devices are easier to track. FDA had pressed for this for years.

What information do you have and do your IT systems prevent you from using it?  Who needs to approve the changes necessary to make things work better together?

 

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