Author Affiliations: WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe (Dr Wilson); Mercy, Chesterfield, Missouri (Dr Drozda).
In recent years, high-profile cases of medical device failure resulting in patient harm—such as implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads and metal-on-metal hip implants—have received substantial attention both in the medical literature and popular press.1,2 These examples illustrate the need for a more effective system of monitoring device performance and protecting patient safety.
Wilson NA, Drozda J. Value of Unique Device Identification in the Digital Health Infrastructure. JAMA. 2013;309(20):2107-2108. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5514