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ECRI Institute Adds 4,000 New Terms to Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System™
Date:7/8/2010

nd health systems, manufacturers, and distributors who use the nomenclature to support procurement, asset management and maintenance, hazard and recall tracking, patient safety activities, indexing of literature, spend analysis, quality improvement, and systems-level benchmarking.

Numerous U.S. organizations and agencies have endorsed UMDNS for use in their software applications. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recommends using ECRI Institute's nomenclature in its Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2) form. The Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety of the Institute of Medicine recommended UMDNS as one of the core terminologies for the electronic health record.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department for Defense, Premier, Inc., and vendors of computerized maintenance management systems and enterprise asset management systems developed and implement applications using the Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System.

"ECRI Institute uses UMDNS to encode device-related concepts in Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™, which are developed and maintained by ECRI Institute under contract," says Coates. "We also incorporate the five-digit Universal Medical Device Code into our own device-related information products and patient safety applications for mapping a
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