As UDI compliance deadlines draw closer, Xerafy demos solutions for compliance at this year’s IAHCSMM.
Each year, central service and sterilization specialists from around the world gather at the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Conference and Expo to learn about the latest industry trends and challenges, receive hands-on training, and see new technology that can help them do their jobs better.
This year’s event in Nashville —May 7 through 10 — features a mix of regulatory information, new technology, and practical advice. Attendees will learn the latest on AAMI sterilization standards as well as the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulation affects central service processes. As one of the goals of the program is to link patient information to the UDI, central service personnel will have a role to play in keeping track of that data, and doing so could affect sterilization processes.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Meaningful Use Stage 3 will require submission of the UDI data to the patient medical record starting in January 2018, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may update its billing processes to require the UDI for reimbursement. Having an accurate record of when each surgical instrument or medical device was used, which patient was involved, and whether or not the device was properly sterilized will be even more important than ever.
That’s where automation and UHF RFID can play an important role, by streamlining these track and trace activities. Xerafy will be at IAHCSMM for our fourth year at the conference, demonstrating at Booth #1217 the latest RFID-based surgical instrument and medical device tracking technology.