It’s a project that Dr. Joseph Drozda and his team have spent years perfecting. The cardiologist’s work on implanted medical devices is featured in a national health care journal.
Dr. Drozda’s article in the Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation puts Mercy’s unique device identifier (UDI) project front and center. It chronicles Mercy’s use of trackable coronary stents and a scannable barcode inventory management system to improve patient safety and inventory management.
“Implanted medical devices are arguably among the most important and effective health care advances of the last 50 years,” writes Dr. Drozda, along with four co-authors.
Last fall, the UDI project at Mercy received the backing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The multi-million dollar FDA grant brings more health systems into the fold and aims to make a nationwide impact.