The FDA announced open registration for a series of workshops on the "adoption, implementation, and use of unique device identifiers (UDIs) in various health-related electronic data systems."
The meetings will cover issues related to UDIs, a system for tracking medical devices in efforts to aid device recalls and other safety measures.
The workshop roster includes:
- Documenting device use using UDIs in electronic health records
- Role of UDI in device registries
- Role of UDI in postmarket surveillance
- UDIs in personal health records
- Integrating UDI throughout hospital systems
Earlier this month a coalition including the American Health Assn., the American Nurses Assn. and several specialists’ associations urged the FDA to speed UDI regulation, which the coalition said had taken "an unreasonable amount of time."
"With each day that elapses without a UDI system in place, patients’ lives are put at needless risk," the coalition wrote in a letter to FDA chief Dr. Margaret Hamburg.
The meetings are set for Sept. 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md. They will also be webcast live.