The Medical Device Management Solution


How UDI labeling will help hospitals increase patient safety and lower operating expenses 

 UDI: It's Not About (Just) the BarcodeNext September, Class I and Class II medical device implants, which includes tissue and other life-supporting or life-sustaining devices, will carry UDI barcoded labels on their packaging. To help hospitals understand how UDI labeling fits into their tissue tracking and medical implant management strategy, Champion has published It’s Not (Just) About the Barcode: How Hospitals Can Use UDI to Improve Patient Safety and Drive Down Medical Device Costs.

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From major medical centers to community hospitals, the ongoing challenge in the OR is sorting through ambiguous descriptions to correctly identify a surgical implant. Manufacturers may use a lot or production identifier, others may use a model or catalog number. The US FDA uses serial numbers to identify recalled medical implants. There is no labeling standard to guide the OR nurse about what data to document in a patient’s surgical record.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system changes all this. UDI information will be embedded in the barcode assigned to each individual medical device unit, eliminating any ambiguity about its identity. When UDI is properly captured and documented into a database, it can be tracked, traced, sorted, searched, tagged, stored and shared, forming the foundation for a modern business information system.

 

Data Synchronization After UDI

Medical device management systems – like UDITracker® – make it possible for all stakeholders to produce modern reports about price and analysis about clinical performance. This vision of the future is quite a distance from the logbooks on the OR shelves and it is developing quickly. Are you ready?

The technology to implement an automated tissue tracking and medical device management solution exist in the market now. Please call us for more information about how UDITracker® can help you improve compliance and patient safety, and drive down medical device costs.

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Medical Device Management Automation First Step to UDI Benefits


IT’S NOT (JUST) ABOUT THE BARCODE

Automating your medical device management process is the first step toward leveraging the benefits of UDI medical device labeling.

 

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A real sense of urgency about medical device management is developing in hospitals and for good reason. Medical implants in particular are costly, require constant attention to expiration dating and are difficult to track if recalled.

Hospitals face a huge opportunity to tackle these challenges with the help of the Food and Drug Administration’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system. The UDI initiative creates a huge opportunity for hospitals to improve the business processes that can improve patient safety, lower medical device costs, and some day, generate the data that will inform better patient care.

Next September, Class I and Class II medical device implants, which includes tissue and other life-supporting or life-sustaining devices, will carry UDI barcoded labels on their packaging. To help hospitals understand how UDI labeling fits into their tissue tracking and medical implant management strategy, Champion has published It’s Not (Just) About the Barcode: How Hospitals Can Use UDI to Improve Patient Safety and Drive Down Medical Device Costs.

Streamlining the medical device management process is the key to gaining all the potential benefits that UDI offers. The solution is to automate the processes that capture and document information and then make that information accessible and useful. The way to make the data useful is to make it shareable through interoperability with your business and clinical systems.

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“Years ago, we kept a paper log system to record the distribution of tissue We used marble composition books and manually entered whatever product information we could find on the packaging, affix a patient label next to the entry and record the date of dispensation…as our tissue inventory grew, so did our need for more log books. We had a log book for ambient room temperature storage products, one for refrigerated products and yet another for frozen tissue products…tracing a product recall was a manual process that often took weeks.

- Rose Trojkovich, BSN, RN, CNOR, Surgical Services Educator, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Hospitals track their medical devices by manual data entry and this drives errors, duplication and information is inconsistent and incomplete. It can’t be searched, sorted or shared between clinical and operations and finance. Product recall investigation requires highly paid, very busy OR personnel to manually search inventory on the shelves and in patient files to find a match. This process takes months, and during those months, patient safety is at risk.

Standardized data formats – like UDI – create a common language across the medical device industry, making it possible to merge information from many disparate hospital IT systems. This makes it possible to extract analytics that link cost and quality data at the patient level and the device level – across the patient care continuum.

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The technology to implement an automated tissue tracking and medical device management solution exist in the market now. Please call us at 866-803-3720 for more information about how UDITracker® can help you improve compliance and patient safety, and drive down medical device costs.

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UDI Will Transform Medical Device Management – Are You Ready?


UDI Will Transform Medical Device Management – Are You Ready?Medical Device Management is at the center of the conversation across the healthcare industry and for good reason. Medical devices are costly, require constant attention to expiration dating, and are difficult to track if recalled. Hospital supply chain executives in particular face a huge opportunity to tackle these challenges by adopting solutions available today to modernize their medical device management with the help of…  Click here to download and read the full article from the November/December 2014 issue of AHRMM’s Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Magazine.

 

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Champion Offers Amerinet Members Tissue Tracking & Medical Device Management Solutions


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Champion Medical Technologies is pleased to announce an agreement with Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, for tissue tracking and medical device management solutions. Through this agreement, Amerinet members will receive negotiated pricing for Champion’s flagship UDITracker® system.

Peter I. Casady, CEO & President

Peter I. Casady, CEO & President

“We are thrilled to support Amerinet members with the tools to help them improve regulatory compliance, increase patient safety and lower operating costs,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer, Champion Medical Technologies.

UDITracker is a comprehensive medical device management solution that integrates tissue and medical implant tracking, 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 reduce medical errors and ensure patient safety, produce inventory cost savings and to generate business-decision making analytics.

About Amerinet
As a leading national healthcare solutions organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and non-acute care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about how Amerinet can help you successfully navigate the future of healthcare reform, visit www.amerinet-gpo.com.

About Champion Medical Technologies
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare information technology company and leader in implantable medical device management systems for hospitals. Champion’s flagship platform, 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® 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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UHC Conference – We’re part of the REVOLUTION!


UHC Conference

The UHC Conference in Las Vegas is highlighting the REVOLUTION in healthcare. Champion Medical Technologies is part of that revolution with a UDI solution for hospitals available now. Visit us at booth 742 from October 22-23, 2014 at the MGM Grand to learn how UDITracker® automates tissue and medical device tracking (UDI 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 complianceincrease 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.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 UHC Conference!

Exhibition Hours:

Wednesday, October 22
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

About the UHC Conference:
The UHC conference is a collaboration of experts from a variety of disciplines at academic medical centers and their affiliate hospitals, along with industry experts and visionaries, that illuminate the newest developments and spark more ideas to transform health care.

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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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