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.

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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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From The Source – Getting Ready for UDI Compliance


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This article was originally printed in the Q1 2014 edition of HealthTrust’s The Source.

It has been more than six years in the making, but in September 2013, the FDA—working with The Joint Commission—issued a final rule to establish a unique medical device identification and tracking system. To comply, medical device manufacturers will have to assign a unique numeric or alphanumeric code to most devices, and hospitals will be required to help track their distribution and use, just as they’re required to do now for human tissue grafts.

The purpose is 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. Medical device manufacturers will have to start assigning UDIs to Class III devices in 2014. (See below for implementation deadlines.)

To help members prepare for compliance, HealthTrust has contracted with Champion Medical Technologies, a supplier that specializes in tissue, implant and device tracking solutions, including “UDITracker.” This secure, Web-based program for implantable device tracking—including human tissue grafts and hips, knees, cardio and plastic implants—can help hospitals meet new UDI requirements and also realize other benefits UDI tracking can provide.

Automated Inventory Control and Point-of-Use Entry

Champion’s UDITracker automates what was once a time-consuming and error-prone process for hospitals. In addition to barcode scanning, UDITracker offers one-click tissue or implant data entry through its QuickReceipt feature that accesses realtime shipment status to save supply chain managers time and improve data accuracy. And, since UDITracker can track any item with a lot/serial/UDI number, any hospital department’s inventory can be tracked and managed with the system.

Inventory Cost Savings

Between expiring and missing inventory, hospitals could lose thousands of dollars every year—an unnecessary cost UDITracker can help avoid.

“UDITracker has saved us so much time,” says Argenis Mendoza, business manager, operating room, Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Va., who has been using the system for more than two years. “It alerts us of upcoming expiration dates, and I can make sure that those products get used first to avoid waste.” Nikki Hawkins, business manager at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Ga., says just a few months of using UDITracker has resulted in fewer lost implants. “UDITracker offers a wide range of reports, stats and other information that improves our hospital’s documentation of implants, starting from the loading dock to patient entry.” Hawkins adds that’s due to UDITracker’s storage units, including secure “swipe, grab and go” RFID cabinets and freezers that automatically capture and process inventory transactions in real time. “All of our implantables are now stored in those two units,” she says. “That makes it easier to find out who took a graft out of the tracker.”

Faster Recall Management

When exposed to a product recall, most hospitals take weeks or more to investigate. But UDITracker can slash that response time to about 24 hours, thanks to its realtime FDA and manufacturer recall inventory matching system called RecallConnect. When a recall occurs, UDITracker scans current and historical hospital inventory for a match, as well as provides ongoing matching for future inventory activity. And when integrated with an electronic health record system, UDITracker can simultaneously pinpoint which individual patients were affected as well. This fast, efficient response to device recalls can help increase patient safety and decrease liability to an organization.

On-the-Spot Quality Assurance

In the case of implants that must be delivered by reps on the day of surgery, there’s little time for quality assurance oversight. But not doing the required due diligence can be a costly mistake. UDITracker features a mobile QuickCheck app that allows you, in one click, to check the device for recalls and verify contract pricing.

Compliant With UDI Rules

UDI Compliance Deadlines

Although the FDA and Joint Commission hadn’t released UDI rules on tracking medical devices as of press time, UDITracker has been reviewed by the FDA, and Champion says it’s ready for UDI rule requirements.

The Joint Commission also is expected to require the tracking of all surgical implants in accordance with the UDI rule. That’s reason enough to look into UDITracker, according to Hawkins of Eastside Medical Center. “The Joint Commission has made this a priority in most of its surveys, so I think it will be the standard for the tracking of all implants very soon.”

UDITracker is an application service provider-deployed program with no software to install—only an Internet-connected computer is required. Implementation takes about two days to complete, and a product specialist will be on-site to help with inventory input and staff training.

 

Reprinted with Permission: “Getting Ready for UDI Compliance.” The Source,  Q1 2014

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ICCBBA Recently Approved by US FDA for UDIs


FDA Accredits ICCBBA as Third Issuing Agency for UDI Assignment

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The FDA accredited a third organization as an issuing agency for the assignment of Unique Device Identifiers according to the UDI rule this February. ICCBBA along with the other agencies will aid manufacturers with following US FDA UDI regulations and requirements.

ICCBBA internationally provides licensed facilities with unique identifiers for medical products of human origin. They thoroughly maintain the ISBT 128 standard through its management and development.  The ISBT 128 is a standard for medical products of human origin like blood, cells, tissues, organs. The standard encapsulates a unique coding method that provides a highly accurate and safe way of labeling, identifying and transferring of those medical products globally. To learn more about ICCBBA and the ISBT 128 standard, visit their website.

The increased pressure from manufacturers to retain compliance with the final UDI rule and standards will eventually substantially increase patient safety, decrease health care waste and ultimately increase the trust in the healthcare industry. With the first compliance date (September 24, 2014) nearing the FDA is trying to make compliance with UDI standards easier for manufacturers and suppliers via the accreditation of  HIBCC, GS1 and ICCBBA.

Source: ICCBBA Press Release

About ICCBBA
ICCBBA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that manages, develops and licenses ISBT 128; the international information standard for the terminology, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin. ICCBBA manage the allocation of globally unique identifiers to licensed facilities and maintain the ISBT 128 Standard, international databases for Facility Identification Numbers and Product Coding, supporting documentation, and educational materials.

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