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May 22, 2013

Value of Unique Device Identification in the Digital Health Infrastructure

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe (Dr Wilson); Mercy, Chesterfield, Missouri (Dr Drozda).

JAMA. 2013;309(20):2107-2108. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5514

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.

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