Unique Device Identification (UDI) scanning inside the surgical sterile field allows SteriTrack to help hospitals and health systems improve patient safety in real time
Delafield, Wisconsin – July 25, 2019
Healthcare supply chain leaders will gather next week at the annual Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management conference (AHRMM19) in San Diego to discuss key topics that include patient safety; use of AIDC technology to capture device data in electronic health records, UDI adoption and data capture; and Cost, Quality, and Outcomes.
During the AHRMM conference, leaders from SteriTrack, (formally Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems), will provide answers to attendees who want to learn about UDI capture in the surgical sterile field. The company is addressing three key ways to improve patient safety in the surgical and procedural settings, including:
- Scanning UDI data within the surgical sterile field, allowing the healthcare provider to be notified in real time of recalls and expirations prior to implantation.
- Improving recall management by increasing accuracy and automation, eliminating human errors due to manual data entry.
- Assisting with future regulatory compliance requirements by helping to connect UDI data to device performance with patient outcomes
There are several ways to meet SteriTrack thought leaders during AHRMM19. First, healthcare industry leader Michael Schiller will be leading the roundtable discussion titled “UDI Advantages Using Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Technology.” This discussion is designed to help attendees identify ways to leverage technology to accomplish their goals of capturing and using UDI data. The session will be held Tuesday, July 30, from 2:30-3:30 PM; attendance is limited to 25 people. Additionally, attendees can meet with SteriTrack executives in booth #1031, where experts will be discussing and demonstrating UDI scanning and capture at the point of implantation, inside the surgical sterile field. Visit the SteriTrack booth for a demo of the system’s full capabilities and learn how UDI data capture provides game-changing information to hospital teams.
SteriTrack brings UDI scanning to the point of implantation, inside the sterile field, seamlessly integrating it within the workflow between the sterile field team and the surgeon. By allowing devices to be scanned at the point of use, the clinical team is notified if a product is recalled or expired, prior to implantation. Patient safety becomes real-time, helping mitigate risk to the healthcare organization.
From there, UDI data becomes even more important to recall management. “Once scanned, UDI data resides within the patient’s clinical record, so the patient can be correctly notified in the future if a recall occurs,” said Michael Schiller, Vice President, Healthcare Engagement, SteriTrack. “Almost as important as notifying a patient of a recall is avoiding an inaccurate recall notification that results from UDI data being manually entered incorrectly.” SteriTrack’s advanced scanning technology eliminates risks of documentation errors resulting from manual data entry, which may be as high as 30 percent.
While data capture of the UDI is just beginning to be adopted by hospitals, it offers many patient safety advantages. To fully explore the advantages of UDI capture, visit SteriTrack in booth #1031 at AHRMM.
SteriTrack™ is a healthcare information technology company with proven experience in the healthcare industry. The Tractus™ Platform is the only fully integrated hardware and software Universal AIDC technology system which captures medical device UDI data in and out of the sterile field for real-time documentation and inventory management.
Our Tractus™ Platform and its patented scanning technology focuses on patient safety by leveraging UDI data in governmental databases, such as GUDID, FDA medical device recall (MDR) database, and the European Union’s Eudamed (once operational) for point-of-use interfacing to ensure medical device safety prior to use or implantation. Tractus™ securely provides utilization information to a hospital’s EMR, and ERP systems to provide clear visibility into the procedural care area. As the only system in the world capable of electronically capturing UDI data in the sterile field SteriTrack also provides cloud database services and machine-learning capabilities to support post-market surveillance of medical devices for development of patient care best practices and improved patient outcomes.