Monday, May 5, 2014

The future of medical device safety and communication

While we currently have a solidified communication strategy to reach those who are taking drugs after they are sold on the market, we haven't yet reached that point with medical devices. Authors Gregory W. Daniel, Siromi Gardina and Craig Streit of the UpFront Brookings Blog recently took a look at what is currently happening in the regulation and post approval market for medical devices and how steps are being made to create a communications chain to connect them with their medical device manufacturers when import information is released to the public.

As it stands right now, the only way patients know if they are affected by safety information that is released is if they know the exact make and model of their medical device.  But often times this information isn't communicated to the patient for a range of reasons as it's not often communicated the make and models between the site where the procedures for the medical devices are being conducted and the primary healthcare provider that keeps record for the patients.  So what is being done to change this?

The authors share that there are two things in the pipeline to move communication and knowledge about medical device forward.  In September 2013, Congress passed a law to create a unified coding system to identify all medical devices. This will eventually be tied to electronic health records.  The a governance institution National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board was recently formed.  They've created a path that will create a proper structure to monitor and maintain patient safety and communication.  The article can be found here.

This June at the Partnerships in Medical Device Clinical Trials Event, Pam Lilly RN BS, Director, Clinical Operations at RedPoint International will join us to look at how to keep patients engaged and informed after they receive a medical device implant in the presentation Sustaining Patient Engagement Post-Approval.  For more information on this session and the rest of the program, download the agenda.  If you'd like to join us June 3-5 in Chicago, as a reader of this blog, you can save $100 off the current rate when you register to join us and mention code XP1903BLOG.

What are some of the other measures that can be taken to improve patient engagement after they receive medical devices?

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