Champion Expands Sales and Marketing Team


Jay Rudman To Lead Business Development, Sarah Esp Joins As Marketing Director

Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and leader in biologic tissue tracking and implantable medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals, today announced that Jay Rudman joins the company as Vice President of Business Development and Sarah Esp joins the company as Director of Marketing.

“We are thrilled to welcome these accomplished business builders to our team. Jay Rudman and Sarah Esp bring strategic skills and experience that will help accelerate Champion’s market share and revenue growth,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer. “The expansion of our management team reflects the momentum we’ve gained as more hospitals turn to Champion’s comprehensive medical device management platform, UDITracker®, as a strategy to improve patient safety and lower operating costs.
“A sense of urgency is growing in the market as hospitals prepare to meet the demands of accountable care reimbursement models, which will pay claims based on a combination of quality of care, patient outcomes and costs. To meet this challenge, UDITracker® supports multiple needs to help hospitals gain more control and better insight into their implant use.”

Jay Rudman VP Business Development Champion Medical TechnologiesJay Rudman, Vice President of Business Development, gained considerable strategic, sales, marketing and business development experience as the founder, or founding team member, of three startup companies. Most recently, he founded Paperly, a direct sales business, which he recently sold to a publicly traded company. Jay earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jay also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Catapult Chicago, a startup incubator.

Sarah Esp Marketing Director Champion Medical TechnologiesSarah Esp, Director of Marketing, joins Champion from AMCOL International, where she led global marketing and branding in the construction technologies group. She earned a BA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

 

About Champion Medical Technologies
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, SaaS company and leader in tissue tracking and implantable medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals. Champion’s flagship system UDITracker® captures, documents and shares medical implant information 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 implantable medical device management system that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance, warranty credit management, and product recall inventory and patient matching into a single, streamlined system. UDITracker® features interoperable interfaces to most electronic health record and inventory management systems, Using barcode scanners, smartphone apps and RFID storage units, users capture accurate and complete medical device label information in a single swipe, to ensure patient safety, produce inventory cost savings and to generate business-decision making analytics.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Peter Casady established Champion Medical Technologies in 2006.

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Automated Medical Device Management Saves Hospitals Time and Money According to Champion Medical Technologies Survey


Survey Respondents Say Champion’s UDITracker® Fulfills All Tissue Tracking Regulatory Requirements in Hospital OR

Client Insight Survey Medical device management systems are helping hospitals to increase operational efficiency, reduce expenses and improve patient safety, according to a survey of hospitals conducted by Champion Medical Technologies. The company’s software-as-service platform, UDITracker®/GraftTracker®, is the leading tissue and medical device management system (MDMS) for hospitals.

“This survey measured overall client satisfaction and explored how UDITracker®/GraftTracker® performs in the clinical setting. We are proud to report that 89% of survey respondents reported high levels of satisfaction with our overall product performance,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer. “Hospitals are under pressure to meet the demands of accountable care, which determines reimbursements based on quality care and cost. This survey contains valuable insights into how progressive providers are using UDITracker®/GraftTracker® to increase operational efficiency and lower costs, while improving patient care and safety.

Champion Medical Technologies Client Insight Survey – Executive Summary

The Champion Medical Technologies client insight survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014. One-third of the company’s clients participated in the survey and 40 percent of respondents have been clients for three or more years.

The Champion Medical Technologies client insight survey explored how UDITracker®, GraftTracker®, and its award-winning medical device recall management feature RecallConnect®, performed in four areas:

  • Fulfilling regulatory compliance
  • Increasing operational efficiency
  • Improving patient safety
  • Reducing the amount expired and lost medical device inventory

Champion Medical Technologies Client Insight Survey – Result Highlights

In order of priority, survey respondents use UDITracker®/GraftTracker® to fulfill all of the tissue tracking regulatory requirements in their hospital, to simplify tissue tracking compliance, to reduce the amount of time they spend on tissue tracking compliance and to reduce the amount of lost and expired tissue inventory in their OR.

    • Survey respondents were close to unanimous in reporting that they use UDITracker®/GraftTracker® to fulfill all of the tissue tracking regulatory requirements in their hospital.
    • More than 70% reported that using Champion products for tissue tracking saved their staff time.
    • Nearly 69% surveyed said that they were confident that RecallConnect® saves time in recall investigation and 62% are confident that it increases patient safety related to recalls.
    • Half of all survey respondents, reported that they are confident that UDITracker®/GraftTracker® has helped to reduce the amount of lost and expired inventory in their hospitals.

Champion Medical Technologies Client Insight Survey – Trends

    • One-third of survey respondents use UDITracker® to manage implantable medical device inventory other than biologic tissue.

This user group is growing rapidly, as more hospitals expand their MDMS strategy to include implants used in orthopedic and cardiac surgery, like artificial knees and hips, and medical implants used in cardiac electrophysiology, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. When the unique device identification rule (UDI) goes into full effect for implants later this year, it will create a further opportunity for hospitals to improve business processes that can lead to faster, more efficient medical device recall management, reduce the amount of inventory lost to expiration and increase revenue by capturing billing information accurately.

About Tissue Tracking
Biologic tissue is subject to Joint Commission Standards for Tissue Tracking] for tracking and documenting chain of custody, handling and storage, patient use and product recall management. The vast majority of U.S. hospitals use manual systems, including three-ring binders, to fulfill complex and labor-intensive regulatory documentation requirements. UDITracker®/GraftTracker® automates documentation through every step of chain of custody, ensuring fulfillment of Joint Commission standards.

About Champion Medical Technologies
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare technology company and leader in tissue tracking and implantable medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals. Its flagship system UDITracker® captures, documents and shares medical implant information 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 medical device management system that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance, warranty credit management, and product recall inventory and patient matching into a single, streamlined system. Using barcode scanners, smartphone apps and RFID storage units, users capture accurate and complete medical device label information in a single swipe, 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 affected by a medical device product recall.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Peter Casady established Champion Medical Technologies in 2006. Today it is the market leader in biologic tissue compliance and medical device management.

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Champion and Mayo Co-Develop Medical Device Warranty Credit Management Solution


Champion Medical Technologies and Mayo Clinic To Co-Develop A Medical Device Warranty Credit Management Solution For Hospitals


Chicago, January 7
 – Champion Medical Technologies, a healthcare information technology company and leader in tissue tracking and medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals, has entered into an agreement with Mayo Clinic to develop and market a warranty credit management system for medical implants used in cardiac electrophysiology.

This system will allow providers to more efficiently manage the warranty process for implanted medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. In order to receive full or partial credit from manufacturers for devices that are covered under warranty or replaced because of recalls a provider must navigate a complex process involving returning the device to the manufacturer for analysis and completing required forms. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare program, generally requires hospitals to obtain available credits from manufacturers for replaced medical devices and to keep records of the credits they receive. These credits can amount to thousands of dollars per patient and CMS has levied stiff fines to hospitals it judges noncompliant in securing warrant credits which are due and applying those credits to the patient’s bill.

“We’re very proud to work with Mayo Clinic to provide hospitals with a management tool that solves the complex problem of capturing warranty reimbursement dollars for pacemakers, cardioverter-defibrillators and their electrical leads,” said Peter Casady, Chief Executive Officer of Champion Medical Technologies. “The warranty credit management solution draws on Champion’s core expertise developing medical device management systems that improve patient safety, compliance and operating costs. For example, it will help increase patient safety by automatically registering the patient’s cardiac device with its manufacturer through an electronic data transfer. In most hospitals today, this is a manual process, which is inefficient and increases the potential for data entry errors.”

Under the agreement, Champion and Mayo will co-develop the warranty credit management software and conduct beta testing at Mayo Clinic. Champion will hold the exclusive global marketing license. The warranty credit management solution will be incorporated as a module in Champion’s UDITracker® Interventional software, developed specifically for the cardiac catheterization lab, electrophysiology and interventional radiology markets.

“As many as 25% of pacemakers and 32% of ICDs are replaced annually. [1] To claim a warranty credit for our patients, hospitals must return replaced devices to the manufacturers, where the device is tested,” said Paul. Friedman, MD, Vice Chair, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Director, Cardiac Electronic Implantable Device Lab at Mayo Clinic “Through the warranty credit claim process hospitals could extract clinical data about implant performance and ensure that credits are applied to the patient’s bill.”


 [1] The 11th World Survey of Cardiac Pacing and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators: Calendar Year 2009-A World Society of Arrhythmias Project

About Champion Medical Technologies
Champion Medical Technologies is a privately held, healthcare information technology company and leader in tissue tracking and implantable medical device management systems (MDMS) for hospitals. Champion’s flagship system UDITracker® captures, documents and shares medical implant information 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 medical device management system that integrates regulatory compliance, inventory management, quality assurance, warranty credit management, and product recall inventory and patient matching into a single, streamlined system. Using barcode scanners, smartphone apps and RFID storage units, users capture accurate and complete medical device label information in a single swipe, 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 affected 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 medical device management.

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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.Download-White-Paper-Orange-Button

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 serial number, others may use a model or catalog number. The US FDA now uses standardized device and production identifier 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.

 

 UDI: It's Not About (Just) the BarcodeDownload-White-Paper-Orange-Button

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.

Capture Document Share

“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.

Next week: The medical device management solution.

 

 

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.

 

©2014. Reprinted with permission by the Association of Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), www.ahrmm.org.

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Champion Offers Amerinet Members Tissue Tracking & Medical Device Management Solutions


Amerinet

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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