Unique Device Identification in the Service of Public Health

Journal N Engl J Med.
Authors Gross TP, Crowley J.
Year Published 2012
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This perspective article discusses the need for development of a comprehensive strategy to collect, analyze and act on information regarding the post market performance of medical devices utilizing unique device identifiers (UDIs). According to the authors from the Centers for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), incorporation of UDIs into electronic health information is one of the integral elements to the success of this strategy. UDI use could significantly support harnessing electronic health database information for better understanding of medical device safety.