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Patients first: Incorporating device ID into supply chain applications

September 13, 2018

Infor is leading the way in patient care innovation and safety by adding Unique Device Identification (UDI) to our healthcare supply chain software, and we are proud to be the first ERP company to do so.

For those not familiar with UDI, it is used to identify medical devices from distribution through patient use.

So why should we be excited about this latest addition to our products? Well, UDI is a hot topic in the healthcare industry, and has been since the FDA issued usage guidelines in 2012. Most recently, there was a dedicated panel discussion, Everyone Has a Stake in Successful UDI Implementation, at the most recent Association for Healthcare Resource Materials Management (AHRMM) conference. Panelists included one of my Infor colleagues, Senior Product Manager Chris Weikert, as well as representatives from a leading medical device manufacturer and a frontline healthcare provider.

During the panel, a staggering statistic was shared: There have been more than 40 million medical devices implanted in patients, worldwide, since 1975. One of the panelists, the provider, emphasized that is one of the reasons UDI is one of the most important issues in healthcare today.

How continued automation and tracking of devices helps the healthcare industry 

  • The removal of duplicate item numbers in proprietary systems
  • Medical products retain their finished goods labeling from the manufacturer
  • Improved accuracy of product orders and invoicing
  • Improved traceability through the supply chain

At its most practical, UDI helps mitigate risk for manufacturers. However, as with anything we do, it is really about the patient.

UDI ultimately helps patients by more accurately managing healthcare costs, reducing potential healthcare facility errors, challenging the frightening potential for counterfeit medical products, and by enabling more accurate tracking of product recalls.

We know that our healthcare clients are increasingly stretched in terms of staff, resources, and time. As healthcare leaders across the care continuum continue to talk about the importance of managing UDIs, Infor has taken a big, important step in making UDI management easier and more accurate and looks forward to continuing to be part of the UDI conversation.

Join us for an Inforum 2018 session

If you are attending Inforum 2018 this year, I encourage you to attend Chris Weikert’s session, LW-205, “UDI overview, use cases, and adoption for V10,” on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. If you haven’t registered for Inforum and are interested in attending, click on this link.

Cory Turner, Healthcare Supply Chain Strategy Director


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