The mercy unique device identifier demonstration project: Implementing point of use product identification in the cardiac catheterization laboratories of a regional health system

Journal Healthcare
Authors Joseph P. Drozda Jr., Curtis Dudley, Paul Helmering, James Roach, Lisa Hutchison
Year Published 2016
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This article examines results of the FDA-sponsored UDI demonstration where prototype UDIs of coronary stents were scanned and captured in Mercy’s electronic information system. The demonstration revealed improved inventory management and cardiac catheterization laboratory supply tracking. The resulting benefits of incorporating UDIs into the electronic information system included preventing procedure delays, lowering cost, and increasing revenue. Challenges with the demonstration ranged from technology integration to inventory management application and data limitations. The authors conclude the UDI system can be extended to all medical devices and implemented in most hospitals.