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

HealthTrust's The Source

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

ISBT 128 Logo

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

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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The Joint Commission’s Top Performers of 2012

Congratulations to Champion Customers!

Key Quality Measures

The Joint Commission posted its annual hospital list of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® at the end of 2013. The list reflects research data from 2012 for all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. It further displays the top 33 percent of those hospitals as top performers. Along with this list, the Joint Commission also produces an annual report on quality and safety, demonstrating the organization’s focus on improving such key values in U.S. hospitals. Compared to the previous year, the Joint Commission saw a 77 percent increase in the number of hospitals who were recognized in Top Performer program. That totals at nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals!

We are proud of our Joint Commission-accredited customers who made the list:

The performance data — heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, VTE (venous thromboembolism), stroke, hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services, immunization — that the Joint Commission evaluates are the components of the performance criteria that is measured from each hospital. All of the above hospitals excelled in at least one of the performance criteria above, mostly scoring highly in at least four areas.

Again, congratulations to Champion’s customers who made the Joint Commission’s Top Performers of 2012!

To read more about the Joint Commission’s annual report, click here.

About the Joint Commission

The Joint CommissionFounded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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Champion at the 2014 OR Business Management Conference

OR Business Management 2014

The 2014 OR Business Management Conference is just around the corner in New Orleans, Louisiana. In between the group sessions and interactive projects, visit Champion Medical Technologies. We will be demonstrating our complete tissue tracking and medical device tracking solution, a combination of GraftTracker® and UDITracker® software services integrated with swipe, grab and go!™ RFID-enabled storage (cabinets, refrigerators and freezers).

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask us:

  • How are healthcare providers key to achieving FDA UDI Rule benefits (reducing the cost of healthcare & improving patient safety)
  • How you can improve quality assurance for rep delivered medical devices
  • How you can automate recall investigations
  • How you can reduce missing inventory and increase accountability

We look forward to seeing you February 11 – 13, 2014 at the OR Business Management Conference in The Big Easy!

2014 OR Business Management Conference Dates & Times:

Tuesday, February 11 – 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 12 - 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, February 13 – 7:00 am – noon

About the 2014 OR Business Management Conference:
This year’s OR Business Management Conference focuses on educating and training OR professionals about efficiencies to be developed in the OR. Directors and managers in the OR can learn from the experts of their field of ways to reduce costs and seek optimal management. Attendees will have access to workshops and projects led by experts and peers, as well as exhibits that will provide solutions for the OR. Popular topics of the conference are OR charging methodology, vendor management, management of the revenue cycle, data management for decision making, operational efficiencies, value analysis process and the role of the business manager. Those participating include business managers, OR directors and those part of business decisions for the OR’s development. 

To see the agenda of this year’s conference, go to

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HIBCC and GS1 Recently Approved by US FDA for UDIs

FDA Accredits HIBCC and GS1 as Issuing Agencies for UDI Assignment

HIBCC and GS1 approved for FDA UDI labelingThe FDA accredited two organizations as issuing agencies for the assignment of Unique Device Identifiers according to the UDI rule in December 2013. These agencies will aid manufacturers with following US FDA UDI regulations and requirements. Both companies released statements describing that their involvement with UDI implementation will efficiently and fully aid the industry to achieve the goals of increasing patient safety and decreasing healthcare waste.

The Health Industry Business Communications Council, HIBCC, in October of 2013 announced the release of their “UDI Generator”, software that creates HIBC-UDIs online, compliant with the US FDA. The data format of their HIBC Standard Labeling System was also approved by the FDA. HIBC is short for Health Industry Bar Code, reflecting the importance of recognizing product labeling specific to protecting humans. HIBC Standards comprise consistency through all packaging levels to suppliers being able to use their own identifying system. This system has already been accepted by over 1,000 companies from the United States and hundreds more  from countries all over the world. To view these companies on the HIBCC website, click here.

Example FDA UDI Barcode LabelJust like the HIBCC, GS1 wants to help the health industry maintain high levels of patient safety by aiding manufacturers worldwide to comply with UDI rule standards on a global scale.  GS1 does many things as a company, but appropriate to the topic here, we can call them the Global Language of Business. They supply various types of bar codes for industries around the world, allowing them to maintain global standards, not just US standards. With the US FDA accrediting GS1 as an issuing agency of UDIs, companies can obtain a bar code easily. Supply chains can also access the Global Data Synchronization Network that enables them to communicate and exchange information readily with other companies.

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. The FDA is trying to make compliance with UDI standards easier for manufacturers and suppliers via the accreditation of  HIBCC and GS1.

GS1 Press Release
HIBCC Press Release

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ASHRM Conference 2013: Champion’s Solution for Risk Management!

“Everyone is a Risk Manager”ASHRM conference logo

This year’s theme is “Everyone is a Risk Manager” for the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management Conference. Join attendees at the Austin Convention Center  in Austin, Texas from October 27 – 30, 2013 to see how Champion Medical Technologies offers several solutions for advocating patient safety and ensuring accuracy in inventory management!

At booth #341, Champion will show you how to maintain low risk for medical devices in your healthcare facility through our many software options. With UDITracker®, software that tracks UDI-labelled medical devices, integrated with RecallConnect®, a recall management system that makes recalls matches in real-time, your healthcare facility can achieve the balance of patient safety and cost. After surgery, use Implant Connect™, provided by the MedicAlert® Foundation for improved patient safety via a medical device registry system. Visit to discover more about solutions for you!

The ASHRM Conference 2013 is where healthcare works are recognized for their role in patient safety. Provide them with the knowledge they need to succeed by attending the conference programs and events: exhibitor booths, learning sessions and connecting with fellow professionals.


The American Society of Healthcare Risk Management is an organization that was established in 1980 as a daughter of the American Hospital Association. Their vision of the organization places it at the top, leading the collective of Risk Managements systems in improved safety and trust for healthcare. ASHRM’s mission is to continue the upward progress of patient safety, increase certitude and maximize the worth in solidifying risk management in healthcare. To learn more about ASHRM visit their website at

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40 Years of the UPC

Celebrating 40 Years of the UPC

First product with a UPC barcode

Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum was the first product in the Grocery industry with a barcode.

The invention of the UPC, or the Uniform Product Code, was developed by George J. Laurer in 1973. Originally from New York, Laurer worked as an engineer for the IBM Corporation where he undertook developing the pattern of the UPC; in 1973 he finished the project. One year later, the UPC found its way onto grocery products. In Troy, Ohio on June 26, 1974 at the Marsh Supermarket, Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum was the first UPC marked item to be scanned. Since then the UPC has drastically impacted the grocery industry by eliminating manual pricing, lower product prices, better management of inventory and significant improvements to recall investigations, just to name a few benefits. The UPC has saved manufacturers, producers, the retail industry in full, more than $17 billion annually! With the obvious success of the UPC, other industries are developing similar approaches to labeling their products.

In the health care industry, medical devices are currently labeled with product codes, reference numbers, lot numbers, and other such identifiers without a true standardized system. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration submitted a proposed rule which was posted to the Federal Register: the Unique Device Identification system, or simply, the UDI Rule. Finalized on September 20, 2013, the industry is now preparing to comply with the new legislation to propagate benefits: better reporting of adverse events and recalls, quickly extract necessary device-related information, a more uniform and ubiquitous system of inventory and management, reduction of manual labor, efficiency of time, and the advocacy of patient safety.

As the UPC was the first barcode for GS1, an international not-for-profit organization also known as the Global Language for Business, the UDI has the potential to expand as the UPC did with the help of barcode scanners. NCR, a Georgia-based electronic company providing products such as barcode scanners and POS systems, commercialized the first barcode scanners in 1974, the same time America saw the first UPC scanned. Just as NCR supplied the nation with a way to utilize the UPC, Champion provides a service for tracking UDI-labeled medical devices. To support the exposure of the UDI and proper management of medical devices with healthcare facilities, contact Champion Medical Technologies for more information on the UDI tracking software for your health care facility by visiting today.

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Happy National Materials Management Week!


Happy National Materials Management Week!

National Healthcare Resource & Materials Management Week is Oct. 6 – 12, 2013

Recently renamed National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, or SC Week, National Healthcare Resource & Materials Management Week takes place the first week of October annually. This year’s theme is Supply Chain Professionals Transforming Healthcare Through the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Movement, according to its sponsor AHRMM.

  • Costsupplies, procedures and care delivery
  • Qualitypatient care and services provided
  • Outcomespatient safety, well-being and satisfaction

During this week hospitals and like facilities are given the opportunity to recognize those affiliated with the materials management department. Resource and materials managers and supply chain professionals represent an integral role in the hospital setting by supporting quality patient safety and customer service.  The main challenge is maintaining a seamless output of materials throughout the hospital’s many departments encapsulating the diversity of needs. These managers acquire programs, like UDITracker, that enable more cost-efficient and labor-efficient practices to ensure and uphold the ideal of high-quality patient safety. Supply chain managers also ensure the delivery of supplies needed in an appropriate window of time of necessity. Observing these departments’ functions in the system of ensuring high efficiency in building and maintaining quality coordination of materials used in the various departments of hospitals and such facilities relays its value in healthcare settings.

Champion Medical Technologies, a company devoted to improving patient safety, would like to recognize supply chain and materials managers who face the challenges and changes in the healthcare industry! We support the growth of hospitals and health care facilities who embrace the upward development of their department’s daily demands.


To read more about what the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management has to say about SC Week, visit the AHRMM website here.

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Visit Champion Medical Technologies at the OR Manager Conference

The Final UDI Rule is here, is your hospital ready?

Ultra Low Temperature RFID FreezerWe’ve been preparing for this moment so you don’t have to. Visit Champion Medical Technologies at booth #439 to see how UDITracker can ensure your hospital is in compliance with the new UDI Rule. The OR Manager Conference is in Baltimore, Maryland from September 23 -35, 2013.

In addition to answering all of your UDI Rule questions we will be showcasing the world’s only Ultra-Low Temperature tissue freezer. Champion offers swipe, grab and go!™ RFID-enabled storage (cabinets, refrigerators and freezers) integrated with our complete tissue tracking, GraftTracker®, and implant tracking, UDITracker®, solutions. Combine all of that with Champion’s innovative recall matching service, RecallConnect® . RecallConnect matches a hospital’s existing inventory with recalled medical devices in real-time by alerting hospitals of the device, and the affected patients or the location of the medical devices. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask us how we can improve your OR efficiency while improving patient safety and saving your facility time and money. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

OR Manager Conference Exhibit Schedule:

Monday, September 23: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24: 9:15 am – 10:45 am, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm & 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

About the OR Manager Conference:

or manager conference logo

The OR Manager Conference, with AORN, is a three-day intensive informational series focusing on surgical suite management for  OR directors and managers, business managers and others involved in OR management. This conference will allow you to network with others to share ideas practices and more. The sessions will cover topics relating to new and existing products, supplies, equipment and technology. Learn how to increase the efficacy of current and new practices in the operating room. AORN Leadership Specialty Assembly focuses its mission on the best nursing practices for surgical patients; the non-profit association researches and shares perioperative recommendations.

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