Five Reasons to Automate Your Tissue Compliance and Tracking


Manual Processes Increase Errors, Jeopardize Patient Safety and Cost Time and Money

CHICAGO, August 18, 2014 – “Hospital OR managers face a huge opportunity to improve regulatory compliance, patient safety and the bottom line by automating their tissue tracking and medical device inventory management,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer of Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and parent of UDITracker®, the leading tissue tracking and medical device compliance management solutions for hospitals.

“Manual processes are inefficient and increase the chance for data entry input errors, jeopardizing compliance standards and patient safety,” said Casady. “With a single swipe of a bar code scanner, UDITracker® brings you a comprehensive solution that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined medical device implant management system.”

Visit us at booth 835 at the OR Manager Conference for a product demonstration and to learn more about the five reasons you should automate your tissue tracking compliance with UDITracker®:

1. Ensure Joint Commission Compliance UDITracker® was designed from the ground up to meet The Joint Commission Hospital & Laboratory Accreditation tissue tracking standards for simplified compliance. With UDITracker®, specifically requested reports and logs can be accessed and produced in seconds during Joint Commission site visits.

2. Save Time & Money Checking out-dates is time consuming and potentially costly in terms of very expensive implantable device products lost and staff productivity. UDITracker® automatically notifies you up to 90 days prior to the expiration date of your tissue and implantable devices.

3. Speed Up Recall Investigations Recall investigation can be time consuming. Our award-winning innovation, RecallConnect™ is the only product recall matching system in the market.  Open up the program and you will find the most up-to-date recall notices from the FDA right on your desktop. In seconds, RecallConnect™ will locate all recalled items in your available inventory on the shelves and will match the recalled devices to specific patients.

4. Focus on Patients Are your circulating nurses spending time out of the OR and away from their patient when searching for a particular tissue product that may not even exist in your inventory? UDITracker® allows them to search available inventory by multiple means, including product type, product code or ID/Serial/Lot number. Search results will provide the available inventory level and location in seconds.

5. Reduce Files & Paper Hand-written forms, ledgers, spiral notebooks, temperature logs, Excel spreadsheets and supplier provided forms produce volumes of paper and electronic files. UDITracker® traces every step of your implantable device inventory, from receipt to final use or disposition in one safe, easy to access format. UDITracker® also seamlessly integrates with our RFID enabled Intelligent Enclosures – using secure access and capturing processes in real-time, giving the complete tissue and implant tracking solution.  

Champion Medical Technologies Tissue Compliance SoftwareABOUT CHAMPION MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare information technology company and leader in implantable medical device inventory management solutions for hospitals. Champion’s flagship system UDITracker® captures, documents and shares medical implant data between patient care and supply chain information systems, empowering hospitals with the insights they need to improve regulatory compliance, drive down operating costs, and to increase patient safety and overall care. UDITracker® is a comprehensive solution that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined medical device implant management system. Using barcode scanners, smartphone apps and RFID storage units, users capture data once and record accurate information to ensure patient safety and inventory cost savings and to generate business-decision making analytics and benchmarking.

UDITracker® features interoperable interfaces to most electronic health record and inventory management systems, ensuring that medical device data can be traced and tracked and information can be searched, sorted and shared within a single hospital or across a group of hospitals.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Peter Casady established Champion Medical Technologies in 2006. Today, it serves more than 200 hospitals and major medical centers nationwide and is the market leader in tissue inventory management and compliance solutions.

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Visit Champion at AHRMM14


AHRMM14 Champion Medical Technologies Booth 1211Champion Exhibiting at AHRMM14 in Orlando, FL - August 3-6, 2014

AHRMM’s 52nd annual conference and exhibition is just a few weeks away at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando. At booth #1211 we will be showcasing the UDITracker® system which captures, documents and shares medical implant data (UDI) between patient care and supply chain information systems, empowering hospitals with the insights they need to drive down operating costs, increase patient safety and improve overall care. This comprehensive medical device implant inventory management system integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, RFID storage solutions, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined system.

Hospitals use UDITracker to leverage the use of UDI (unique device identification) within their healthcare organization to empower AHRMM’s Cost, Quality, Outcomes (CQO) Movement. To learn more about UDI & CQO you can attend the AHRMM learning center online or simply stop by and say hi to us in booth #1211. Our CEO and FDA UDI Rule expert, Peter Casady, will be on hand to answer your compliance and CQO questions.

We look forward to seeing you at AHRMM14 in sunny Orlando!

Exhibiting Hours:
Monday, August 4th: 1:15 – 4:15  PM
Tuesday, August 5th: 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Champion Medical Technologies at AHRMM

About AHRMM: Advancing the Healthcare Supply Chain
The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is the premier organization for healthcare supply chain professionals. AHRMM strengthens the nation’s healthcare supply chain by providing leadership, education, networking, and industry-specific resources to advance the field and enhance the professional development of its individual members.

 

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Visit Champion at the HealthTrust University Conference


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Champion Exhibiting at HealthTrust University in Nashville, TN - July 28-30, 2014

The HealthTrust University Conference & Vendor Fair is just a few weeks away at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. At booth #920 we will be showcasing the UDITracker® system which captures, documents and shares medical implant data between patient care and supply chain information systems, empowering hospitals with the insights they need to drive down operating costs, increase patient safety and improve overall care. This comprehensive medical device implant inventory management system integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined system. HealthTrust’s publication The Source featured UDITracker in the article, “Getting Ready for UDI Compliance” in the first quarter of 2014.

So stop by and say hi to us in booth #920, our CEO and FDA UDI Rule expert, Peter Casady, will be on hand to answer your compliance questions.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Music City!

Exhibiting Hours:

Monday, July 28: 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Ryman Hall C
Tuesday, July 29: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM & 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Ryman Hall C

About HealthTrust
HealthTrust is a healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO) committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including the industry’s benchmark portfolio in quality, scope and price. HealthTrust was established in May 1999.

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Champion Medical Technologies is a HealthTrust Contracted Supplier for UDITracker tissue and implant tracking software and RFID swipe, grab & go!™ Storage Solutions (available in cabinets, refrigerators and freezers).

 

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UDIs Offer Healthcare a Long-Overdue Way to Save Lives and Reduce Costs


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Read Champion’s Pete Casady’s article on UDI in Becker’s Hospital Review

UDIs Offer Healthcare a Long-Overdue Way to Save Lives and Reduce Costs

Healthcare providers need a far better understanding of the risks to patient safety from faulty or expired devices, the lack of accurate documentation of those devices and the full cost implications of widespread inefficiencies in inventory management. Click here to read the full Becker’s Hospital Review article.

Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders (CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CIOs, etc.), and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each of the 12 annual issues of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches a qualified audience of approximately 18,500 healthcare leaders.

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The UDI Rule Will Transform Medical Device Management in Hospitals, Says Champion Medical Technologies CEO In AHRMM Educational Webinar


UDI labeling will help to drive AHRMM’s mission to lower medical device implant costs, improve patient safety and outcomes.

AHRMM CQOAttendees at an educational webinar sponsored by the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) today had the opportunity to hear from Champion Medical Technologies about how the FDA’s UDI rule will transform medical device management in hospitals.

“Hospitals nationwide lose up to $5 billion every year due to obsolescence and loss because of the limitations of manual record keeping systems to accurately track medical device inventory,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer of Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and leader in implantable medical device inventory management solutions for hospitals. “Hospital supply chain managers face a huge opportunity to improve compliance, patient safety and the bottom line by modernizing their medical device inventory management.”

“The UDI rule creates a standardized labeling format that makes it possible to capture, document and share information about medical implants between the patient electronic health records, operations and financial systems,” said Casady. “The ability to mine this data will empower hospitals with the insights they need to make informed decisions that fulfill AHRMM’s mission to drive down costs, improve quality and patient outcomes.”

Standardized labels mandated by the UDI rule are an important tool in tackling these challenges, but Casady emphasized, “The benefits only materialize if hospitals streamline their processes, automate their data entry and adopt the UDI labeling format.

“The first phase of the FDA’s UDI rule begins in September,” said Casady. “It would be a mistake to think that the patient electronic health record will serve double-duty as a hospital’s medical implant management solution.”

Casady explained that medical device management bridges the information gap between the patient’s EHR, inventory management and regulatory compliance on the clinical side and the hospital’s supply chain systems on the business side.

“We developed our own UDITracker® as a comprehensive solution that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined medical device implant management system,” he said.

Champion-signatureABOUT OUR COMPANY
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare information technology company and leader in implantable medical device inventory management solutions for hospitals. Champion’s flagship system UDITracker® captures, documents and shares medical implant data between patient care and supply chain information systems, empowering hospitals with the insights they need to drive down operating costs, improve regulatory compliance, increase patient safety and overall care.

UDITracker® is a comprehensive solution that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined medical device implant management system. Using barcode scanners, smartphone apps and RFID storage units, users capture data once and record accurate information to ensure patient safety and inventory cost savings and to generate business-decision making analytics and benchmarking.

UDITracker® features interoperable interfaces to most electronic health record and inventory management systems, ensuring that medical device data can be traced and tracked and information can be searched, sorted and shared within a single hospital or across a group of hospitals.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Peter Casady established Champion Medical Technologies in 2006. Today, it serves more than 200 hospitals and major medical centers nationwide and is the market leader in tissue inventory management and compliance solutions.

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Congratulations Tara for being accepted into MIT!


Development Team Intern Accepted into MIT for Fall 2014

Tara Smith, Champion Medical Technologies InternMs. Tara Smith, an intern at Champion Medical Technologies, started working as an office assistant for the Customer Service department in 2012. Shortly thereafter her talents and ambitions in programming became more apparent to the Development Team. Her work began to entail such tasks as pair programming, data entry and workflow development. After many successes with projects, Tara’s career scope opened up to technology and computer science. Before getting accepted into the prestigious MIT, Tara participated in various after school activities such as the Robotics Team and the Mathematics Team. To further affirm her math and science ambitions, in 2013 she received an award in Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also placed first in a senior competition for the North Suburban Math League.

MIT LogoNow looking forward to the years to come in post-high school education, Tara has multiple fields she is interested in. Such interests are Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science/Electrical Engineering. Clearly MIT is the path for her future endeavors and success! The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been a school since 1865 whose motto, Mens et manus – “Mind and Hand”, provides its students with the resources to better impact the world through its curriculum of research and science. Its selectiveness regarding the competitive applicant pool accepts those prospective students who outshine others in their personal excellence and honorable goals but also relish the benefits of a diverse community in attaining those goals.

Again, congratulations Tara! The Champion Medical Technologies team is so proud of you!

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Happy Nurses Week 2014 From Champion Medical Technologies!


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Happy Nurses Week!

This second week of May is the beginning of National Nurses Week, and here at Champion Medical Technologies, that means it is time to acknowledge the effort and dedication of our community of nurses. The theme for this years National Nurses Week, defined by the American Nurses Association, is “Nurses: Leading the Way.” At Champion, we can relate to this theme because it is our mission too. We know the nurses who choose to use GraftTracker®, UDITracker® and RecallConnect® do so because they want to spend more time on patient care and less time on paperwork.

The American Nurses Association is offering a free continuing education webinar on “The First Genomics Test: Exploring a Patient’s Family History” on May 21 at 1 pm EDT. The webinar’s focus is integrating a patient’s family medical history with providing better patient care. Genomic assessments enables nurses to analyze the patient’s health history for better treatment like screenings, preventative measures and diagnoses.

About the American Nurses Association
ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

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John Strong and Alan Weinstein Support Champion’s Strategy


John Strong and Alan Weinstein will support Champion’s strategy to meet growing demand for UDI-ready medical device inventory management solutions for hospitals

The same trends that are reshaping the healthcare industry also are driving changes at Champion.

I’m delighted to welcome John Strong to the Champion board of directors and Alan Weinstein as a strategic advisor. John and Alan are respected hospital industry leaders with an impressive track record of innovation in hospital supply chain management. Hospitals face a huge opportunity to improve compliance, patient safety and their bottom line by modernizing their medical device inventory management. John and Alan will play an important role in helping us deliver our message to these hospital decision makers.

Managing medical device implant inventory is one of the most expensive challenges in healthcare. Hospitals lose up to $27 billion a year in lost revenue and inventory waste because of the limitations of manual record keeping systems to track accurate billing, product expiration calendars, duplicate material use and recalled products.

It’s no surprise that medical device inventory management is a priority for so many hospitals. In the last year we have invested in product development and UDI capability to meet hospitals need for a best-in-class, market-ready solution to tackle this expensive challenge.

There is a lot of confusion about the FDA’s UDI-labeling rule and what it means to hospitals. UDI labeling is nothing more than standardized labeling protocol that is used in almost every other industry. Every swipe at a retail checkout counter tells a master system that another box of cereal has been purchased. The retailer knows what’s selling, what’s hot and what’s not and can adjust their ordering according to real-time consumer demand trends. This efficiency has saved retailers like Walmart and Amazon billions of dollars in operating expense that gets passed down to the consumer.

The hospital industry is years away from a Walmart-like inventory management system but I am confident that the best is yet to come. In the meantime, Champion’s flagship solution UDITracker® is helping hospitals improve their performance – now.

UDITracker® is a comprehensive, medical device implant inventory management platform that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory matching into a single, streamlined system. Using barcode scanners and smartphone apps, users capture data once and record accurate information to ensure patient safety, inventory cost savings, analytics and benchmarking.

UDITracker® features interoperable interfaces to most electronic health record and materials management information systems, bridging the gap between patient care and supply chain information systems and empowers hospitals with the insights they need to improve patient safety and lower operating costs.

UDITracker® powers a suite of innovative solutions including GraftTracker® for tissue tracking and regulatory compliance, UDITracker Interventional® for cath lab and interventional radiology inventory management, RFID swipe, grab and go™ storage solutions, QuickCheck™ for quality assurance of vendor-delivered inventory, and RecallConnect®, the only real-time recall inventory matching system on the market.

If you would like to learn more about the future of medical device regulatory compliance and inventory management, sign up for one of our monthly educational webinars.

The best is yet to come – Pete Casady

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Visit Champion at MedAssets in Las Vegas!


Champion Exhibiting at MedAssets in Las Vegas, NV

MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit will be at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 22 through April 24, 2014. Not only will you have the opportunity to network with healthcare industry leaders but you can visit Champion Medical Technologies at booth # 310. Learn how Champion can provide your facility and team with UDITracker®, our implant and tissue inventory tracking system, and RFID-enabled integrated grab, swipe and go™ cabinets. Leave the summit with the knowledge to transform your team and to meet the needs of your patients.

MedAssets

Exhibitor Times and Days:

  • Wednesday, April 23rd – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Exhibitor Fair and Dinner
  • Thursday, April 24th – 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – Exhibitor Fair
  • Thursday, April 24th – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Lunch at Exhibitor Fair

Learn more about the MedAssets Summit by clicking here.

 

About MedAssets:
MedAssets is a healthcare performance improvement company focused on helping providers realize financial and operational gains so that they can sustainably serve the needs of their community. More than 4,200 hospitals and 122,000 non-acute healthcare providers currently use the company’s evidence-based solutions, best practice processes and analytics to help reduce the total cost of care, enhance operational efficiency, align clinical delivery, and improve revenue performance across the are continuum. For more information, please visit medassets.com.

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Visit Us at AORN 2014 – Booth 5429


AORN 2014, Association of Registered Perioperative NursesSee you at AORN 2014!

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 61st Annual Congress at McCormick Place West in Chicago, IL, is around the corner! As you tour the exhibit hall March 30 – April 2, 2014, make it a point to stop by Champion Medical Technologies booth #5429 to learn more about medical device tracking in the OR and Interventional Suite with UDITracker®. On display at AORN 2014 will be our RFID storage solutions, showing you how to reduce missing inventory and increase accountability. Our expert on the UDI Rule, CEO Peter Casady, will be available if you have any questions about the new FDA ruling and want to know more about how healthcare providers are the key to UDI success.

AORN Exhibit Hall Dates & Times:

Sunday, March 30, 4:30 – 7:00 pm, Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
Monday, March 31,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Exhibit Hall Open
Tuesday, April 1, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Exhibit Hall Open
Wednesday, April 2, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Conference & Expo

Would you like a FREE VIP Pass to AORN? Click here to get your complimentary pass.

New and Continuing at AORN 2014:
Network with other professionals, colleagues, vendors, suppliers. Find solutions to the complex system of health care. Learn how to contain costs but continue giving excellent patient care. Get educated at multiple sessions. Nurse Executive? Attend the debut of the OR Executive Summit™. Tour the Exhibit Hall, one of the largest trade shows featuring surgical products and services. New technologies and services will be show cased – offering your facility and team the best of the best. Find more information at AORN’s website by clicking here.

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