The Healthcare Hub

The Healthcare Hub blog focuses on how greater collaboration and visibility across the supply chain can improve both clinical and financial performance in healthcare. Working with hospitals, manufacturers, distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in North America and Europe, GHX provides a global perspective on issues such as healthcare reform, standards adoption, automation, e-commerce and demand planning, among others.

Karen Conway

Vice President, Healthcare Value
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting for UDI

Quick update. We learned this week that the proposed UDI rule from the FDA (requiring manufacturers to assign a unique device identifier or UDI to their products) will likely not be out until August or early fall. While you are waiting, here’s something to do. Click here to watch/listen to a webinar featuring Jay Crowley, the FDA’s point person for UDI, on what manufacturers can expect in the proposed rule and what they can be doing NOW to prepare. 

Next month, Natalia Wilson, MD, will present a follow up webinar on the clinical relevancy of UDI. Scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 at 11 am eastern time, the webinar will be of value to both providers and manufacturers. Supply chain leaders at hospitals and healthcare systems are encouraged to invite their clinical counterparts; manufacturers should invite those responsible for evidence-based medicine.