As a primary care physician, you have a unique challenge of managing the overall health and wellbeing of each member of your patient population. This challenge is complicated further by primary care providers often not having a wholistic view of all the variables of a patient’s medical history. One such area where an information gap has persisted is around a patient’s specific device information after receiving an implanted medical device. This was an area of focus for CMS and the ONC as 2015 CEHRT requirements for hospitals asserted an electronic health record’s capability to capture and record unique device identifier (UDI). The inclusion of the UDI criterion was aimed at delivering information to all clinicians so they can know what devices their patients have and to leverage that information to deliver safer and more effective care. Once UDIs are recorded in a patient’s chart, they can be exchanged among certified health IT and accessed by users of certified health IT wherever the patient seeks care. Unfortunately, this UDI is not easily accessible by a primary care physician and, therefore, you are often unaware of recalls or product issues and unable to notify your patient.
CAREier works to not only provide this information across different places of service but we also look to make that data actionable. Leveraging our services, primary care physicians are able to not only secure all the specific information on one of their patient’s devices, but they are also able to be notified of a device recall pertaining to their patient population even if they have never purchased that device prior. This is one of the ways we are re-imagining the way communication occurs between all the key stakeholders related to a medical device implant.