VueMed announced that it is partnering with Zebra Technologies to release VueTrack-UDI, a new RFID solution designed to help manufacturers and hospitals satisfy the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulations for medical devices. According to the announcement, the FDA has established a human and machine-readable UDI labeling system for identifying medical devices through their distribution and use. Device labelers must also submit information about each device to the FDA’s Global UDI Database.

According to VueMed, VueTrack-UDI is a software-as-a-service (SaaS), UDI-compliant, GS1 EPC Gen2 passive RFID solution that uses Zebra scanners and printers/RFID encoders to encode the RFID tag memory to UDI standards, validate the process, print the required labels, and register the UDI data to transmit to the FDA. VueTrack-UDI can be integrated into existing UDI data sources or simply installed as a stand-alone solution, report the two companies.

“With VueTrack-UDI, manufacturers and hospitals can immediately engage the UDI data to provide meticulous tracking of medical devices from the manufacturer through to patient point-of-use, clinical systems, billing, and electronic health records (EHR),” said Joe Dugan, president of VueTrack-RF. “The UDI data on the RFID tag enables users to find expiring and recalled products instantly, and integration with clinical documentation and EHR systems can now be standardized with unprecedented accuracy.”

Arnold Chazal, CEO of VueMed, explained via the news announcement that together the two companies are providing a standards-based RFID solution that enables the entire healthcare supply chain to immediately generate value while ensuring compliance with the FDA’s UDI regulatory mandates. Chazal also stated that although UDI adoption has been challenging, the industry is now realizing the benefits of this transformation that was initiated by the FDA.

“Healthcare will continue to be one of the main industries of focus for Zebra, and it is exciting to partner with VueMed in solving some of the industry’s greatest challenges today,” said Scott Thomas, director of healthcare sales at Zebra Technologies.

For more information about the range of VueTrack solutions, visit the VueMed website.