Tracking has become an important topic in medical device discussions, especially when it comes to recalls. At FDA's town hall meeting in Irvine, CA, last week, CDRH director Jeffrey Shuren said, "you need to be able to link the device with the patient's experience with the device." He believes that this can be achieved through the unique device identification system.
Tracking is also on the minds of Medical Tracking Solutions, which developed the iTraycer for the iPhone and iPad (Android, Pocket PC, and Blackberry versions are coming, the company says). This app uses advanced GPS technology to provide real-time tracking of medical trays, devices, and biologics, including part and lot numbers. The product debuted at the North American Spine Society meeting last week in Orlando, FL.