You’re invited to join the AHRMM Learning UDI Community High Risk Implant Work Group!

This Work Group is tasked with:

·         Defining criteria that identify high risk implants

·         Developing an API to be used to query the GUDID for the items that meet this criteria

The work of this group ties directly to the X12 proposal to include Device Identifiers (DI) in the claims forms and comments to the FDA recommending a more refined list of high risk implants whose DI would be included in claims, as opposed to all items/all DIs.

The LUC High Risk Implant Work Group Charter can be found at: http://www.ahrmm.org/resources/learning-udi-community/pdfs/work-groups/high-risk-criteria-implants-work-group-summary-statement-103116.pdf.

Please contact AHRMM (ahrmm@aha.org) with questions or if you are interested in joining this important Working Group or visit the Learning UDI Community website at: http://www.ahrmm.org/resources/learning-udi-community/index.shtml for information about other LUC Working Groups.

Release of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

“The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). The ISA catalogues key information about standards and implementation specifications – such as whether they are required by any federal programs or how widely used they are – to help enhance information sharing for key clinical data, including medication lists, immunization records, and test results.”

Read the complete press release

View the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Guide

ICOR Project Featured in The Lancet

The October 2016 issue of The Lancet features the registry framework from MDEpiNet ICOR project Surgical registries for advancing quality and device surveillance .

The editorial in this issue mentions the article

This theme of improving the quality of surgery is also picked up by Art Sedraykan and colleagues, who discuss the importance of surgical registries. Rigorous registries are clearly vital for the transparent, long-term study of all new innovations but Sedraykan and colleagues go further, suggesting that almost all surgical patients should be entered into registries.

GUDID Data Available on OpenFDA

The Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) data is now available on OpenFDA, FDA’s portal for publicly available data, at https://open.fda.gov/device/udi/.  Making this data set available on OpenFDA allows public users to merge the GUDID device identification data with other FDA data sets.  You will currently find an association from GUDID to FDA Classification data on OpenFDA, with plans to link to other FDA data sets in the future.  The GUDID data set also continues to be available via search, download and APIs on AccessGUDID at http://accessGUDID.nlm.nih.gov hosted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).