As a hospital or surgery center, your focus is on caring for your patients. Sometimes this requires the implantation of medical devices such as pacemakers, spinal stimulators, or heart valves into your patients. After discharge and recovery, patients attempt to return to their new normal and move forward with life.
Many of the medical devices that you use to provide patients with lifesaving care are required to be tracked for their entire useful lives – and it is a complicated process. Multiple parties must be notified with different information throughout the product’s entire lifecycle, and this is often carried out on paper rather than digitally. This process is important, but falls outside of your normal workflow and is not central to your core focus of immediate patient care.
Though the patient has physically left your facility, your responsibility doesn’t end there. A number of the medical devices you use to provide patients with lifesaving care are required to be tracked for their entire useful lives – and it is a complicated process.