Call to Action in Medical Device Management


Call to Action in Medical Device Management

The FDA’s UDI System Creates the Foundation
For Safer, More Cost Effective Medical Device Management
Are Hospitals Ready?

FDAChicago, IL, September 24, 2014 – “The Food and Drug Administration’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for medical devices marks an historic turning point in patient safety and medical device management,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer of Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and leader in medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals.

“However, it will take the participation of hospitals to realize these benefits,” said Casady. The first phase of UDI implementation begins on September 24, when all Class III implantable, life-sustaining and life-supporting medical devices must carry UDI-compliant bar code labels.

The UDI bar code labeling system will help to improve safety.

“The UDI bar code labeling system will help to improve safety for patients who rely on medical device implants to improve their health and quality of life,” said Casady. “It also creates a huge opportunity for hospitals to improve business processes that can lead to lower medical device costs, increased revenue and will eventually inform better patient care with higher quality, accessible data.

“UDI is a powerful tool, but the benefits will only materialize when hospitals use the data as the foundation for comprehensive medical device management. This is a new concept for hospitals, but already, medical device management systems are in the market and available for use now because of UDI.”

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 their medical device implant inventory. September 24th marks the starting point for hospitals to streamline their medical device management processes, automate data entry and adopt the UDI labeling system.

September 24th marks the starting point for hospitals to streamline their medical device management processes, automate data entry and adopt the UDI labeling system.

“UDI creates the data base foundation, but it takes an enabling technology like UDITracker® to make the data useful. We’ve made significant investments in product development to provide hospitals with the tools to make the transition to an automated medical device management system.

“UDITracker® is a comprehensive medical device management solution that captures, documents and shares medical device data. The system integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance and product recall inventory and patient matching into a single, streamlined medical device management system.”

 

About Unique Device Identification
In September 2013, the Food and Drug Administration established by law the Unique Device Identification system to provide a consistent way to track medical devices throughout their distribution and use. The rule will be phased in over seven years starting on September 2014, when most implantable devices and life-sustaining and life-supporting devices must carry UDI bar code labels.

The UDI system has the potential to improve the quality of information in medical device adverse event reports, which will help the FDA identify product problems more quickly, better target recalls and improve patient safety.

About Champion Medical Technologies
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare information technology company and leader in implantable medical device 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 increase patient safety and drive down operating costs.

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

UDITracker® features interoperable interfaces to most electronic health record and inventory management systems, ensuring that medical devices can be uniquely identified, located in inventory, tracked during transfer from storage to the OR and traced directly to patients. Uniquely identified medical device information can be searched, sorted and shared within a single hospital or across a group of hospitals.

RecallConnect®, the only real-time recall inventory and patient matching system on the market, received a Chicago Innovation Award in recognition of its unique patient safety feature. It reduces from months to hours the amount of time it takes hospitals to identify patients and current inventory effected by a medical device product recall.

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 compliance and management.

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Champion in Entrepreneur Magazine


As seen in the August 2014 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine:

Monitoring the Supply Closet

A Chicago-Area Company Helps Hospitals Track Inventory –and Recalled Devices

Champion Medical Technologies in Entrepreneur
When Peter Casady, CEO and co-founder of Champion Medical Technologies, joined his brother Thomas, in launching their Lake Zurich, Illinois-based company in 2005, they knew that they’d make an incredible team.

Peter brought decades of experience in the medical device field to the business; Thomas was already a well-established software engineer and developer.

The duo saw opportunity in the market, in this case the way in which the medical industry tracks valuable inventory. “There’s a huge issue with missing inventory,” Casady says. “Things don’t get billed to patients the way they should or they go missing between different departments of hospitals.”

Entrepreneur Magazine August 2014

Champion Medical Technologies article appeared in the August 2014 publication of Entrepreneur Magazine.

Champion’s launch product, GraftTracker®, is tissue tracking software specifically designed for hospitals that use human and synthetic tissue grafts and cells. The company next introduced UDITracker®, implant tracking software that uses barcode scanners and smartphone apps to create a single, streamlined solution for managing medical device implants.

But it was in 2012, when the company debuted RecallConnect® that things took off.

RecallConnect, the only real-time recall inventory matching system on the market, was a Chicago Innovation Award winner in 2012, due to its unique patient safety features. Casady developed the product after learning of patients and their families who had suffered after receiving recalled products. RecallConnect provides hospitals with automated medical device (IE heart valves, hip/knee implants and stents) recall notifications. Those are then matched in real-time to inventory, including patient records, thus saving lives and decreasing hospital liability in less than a second.

To round out the product offerings, all of Champion’s products are integrated with the company’s RFID-enabled swipe, grab and go! storage cabinets, refrigerators or freezers. “Our storage units provide 100 percent accuracy of who takes a device out and when,” Casady says.

To handle demand, the company has had to expand. Now 25 employees work for the company (up from five in 2010) and Champion now serves 200 hospitals nationwide. “In the last six months, we’ve had inquiries from 500 more hospitals that want to implement our services,” he says.

To allow the company’s technology to perform at its best, Champion equipped its office with voice and internet from Comcast Business.

“Keeping our lines of communication on track is critical and our services from Comcast Business are an important part of our business,” Casady says. “It’s vital in a business like ours. We have customer service people who have to stay connected via high-speed internet and phone.

As Champion continues to expand, expect more diverse products. “Innovation is so important for a business like ours,” Casady says. “There are a lot of other things we want to do–and we have many partners we’re working with. We’re far from done.”

 

 

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OR Manager is almost here – see you at the conference!


Champion Medical Technologies at the OR Manager ConferenceChampion Medical Technologies will be at booth 835 at the OR Manager Conference September 17-18, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. Visit us to learn how UDITracker® automates tissue and medical device tracking. UDITracker captures, documents and shares medical implant data between patient care and supply chain information systems, empowering the OR with the insights needed to drive down operating costs, improve regulatory compliance, increase patient safety and overall care. We will also be showcasing our RFID storage cabinets so you can see first hand how using secure access and capturing transfers in real-time can automate OR processes and eliminate missing inventory.

As our special guest, we would like to offer you a discount of $50 off the published rate for the OR Manager Conference. Click here to get your coupon pass.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 OR Manager Conference!

Exhibition Hours:

Wednesday, September 17
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

About OR Manager:
OR Manager Conference is the #1 executive-level conference for perioperative leaders, providing unparalleled education and content along with the opportunity for attendees to connect with other OR managers and directors, clinical directors, business managers and others tasked with managing the surgical suite.

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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


Becker's Hospital Review

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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