"The federal government has received a surge in complaints in recent months about failed hip replacements, suggesting that serious problems persist with some types of artificial hips even as researchers scramble to evaluate the health dangers.
An analysis of federal data by The New York Times indicates that the Food and Drug Administration has received more than 5,000 reports since January about several widely used devices known as metal-on-metal hips, more than the agency had received about those devices in the previous four years combined.
The vast majority of filings appear to reflect patients who have had an all-metal hip removed, or will soon undergo such a procedure because a device failed after only a few years; typically, replacement hips last 15 years or more."Full article (subscription required)
The Pew Charitable Trusts drafted a letter to the HIT Policy Committee, Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology regarding the new meaningful use objective for the capture of unique device identifiers (UDIs) in electronic health records (EHRs). In the letter, Pew asks the committee to consider how the proposed objective for UDI capture advances several goals of the meaningful use program and addresses feedback previously provided.More info
On September 19, 2013, the House Medical Technology Caucus and The Pew Charitable Trusts held a briefing on how the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) new unique device identifier (UDI) system can improve patient care. Speakers discussed the implementation of FDA's new rule, as well as incorporation of UDI into healthcare delivery, particularly patients’ medical records, supply chain logistics and insurance claims.More info
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of medical devices, with certain exceptions, to place a unique identifier on the label of medical devices. Some medical devices would also need to be directly marked with the unique identifier.More info
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a long-awaited rule on Friday requiring companies to include codes on medical devices that will allow regulators to track the products, monitor them for safety and expedite recalls."More info
"Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier."More info
On September 12, Four House Democrats sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calling for the release of long overdue regulations on unique device identifiers (UDI). Their message emphasized that a device identification system will enable the FDA to more quickly identify devices with safety problems and then swiftly correct or pull them from the market.More info
Five prominent health systems, known as The Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget urging a prompt review of the unique device identifier (UDI) rule. Like Pew, HTG believes further delay of the rule’s release will impair the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to conduct important surveillance of medical devices.More info
"Medical groups and patient advocates are clamoring for the FDA to release a final rule requiring most medical devices distributed in the U.S. to carry a unique alphanumeric code allowing for better information tracking."More info
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Premier healthcare alliance sent the White House Office of Management and Budget a letter regarding the review of a Food and Drug Administration rule to establish a unique device identifier (UDI) system. Given the importance of this new device identification system to improve patient care and the missed statutory deadline, in this correspondence Josh Rising of Pew and Blair Childs of Premier strongly urged the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to promptly complete review of the UDI final rule.More info