UDI Conference 2014 attendees heard from leading healthcare providers at the session “Beyond the Regulation: How Will UDI Impact the Healthcare Supply Chain”. Panelists included members of the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), an organization of representatives from Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Mercy. This action-oriented collaboration shares best practices to drive needed positive change across the healthcare supply chain. With implementing GS1 standards, HTG intends to utilize the Rule’s Global UDI Database (GUDID) to provide further visibility into packaging hierarchies allowing identification of correct units of measure to deliver the right product to the right patient at the right time. Questions surrounded challenges to implement UDI into Electronic Health Records (EHR) including training clinicians to scan multiple labeling standards.

Cynthia Shumway, Supply Chain Business Applications Director at Intermountain Healthcare adds, “as you plan your strategy, think beyond the regulation and reach out early in the planning stage to your customers and other areas within your organization in order to ensure the UDI is integrated into other systems for transaction efficiencies, improved customer service, and validation that the label on the product meets the needs of the consumer at the point of care.”

Sandi Michel from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System who also spoke in an Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association led sessionadded , “as providers become more engaged in implementing UDI in health systems across the United States, it becomes evident to fully implement UDI, and to meet current and future regulatory requirements, communication and collaboration with clinicians and technology partners in the design of EHR software is key. The processes and complementary software applications should make it easier for the clinicians to identify and capture unique device identifiers and store them in the EHR to quickly return the caregivers closer to the patients. After all, patient Safety is our ultimate achievement.”

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The session “Beyond the Regulation: How Will UDI Impact the Healthcare Supply Chain” was led by Moderator: Dennis Black, Director, e-Business, BD and Panelists: Matthew Mentel, CMRP, Executive Director, Integrated Performance Solutions, Mercy; Sandi Michel, MPM, ITIL, CLSSBB, Director of Supply Chain Systems & Quality - Material Management, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System; Kim Bedwell, Director, Regulatory Compliance Administration, Owens & Minor; Cynthia Shumway, Supply Chain Business Applications Director, Intermountain Healthcare.

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