A new medical device identification system that will allow medical device manufacturers to track their medical products to identify them for fraud may be just a matter of time.
“We are not going to put all our eggs in one basket,” said Richard Hickey, president of the National Federation of Independent Device Manufacturers, a trade group.
“There are some issues that have to be resolved.
You can’t put all your eggs in the basket.”
Hickey said the system could allow medical devices manufacturers to easily track a patient’s medical history and track the use of their medical devices to track fraud.
Hickey and other manufacturers say they are eager to use the technology to identify products in their stores.
The FDA has said the new fingerprinting technology would only be used on certain medical devices, including dental crowns and dental floss.
“It’s not a gold mine for fraud,” said Hickey.
“It’s going to be a real challenge for people that are selling counterfeit medical devices.”
“We’re not going out and looking for all the gold in the world,” he added.
“We’re just going to go in there and see if there’s a lot of money in it.
We’re not trying to steal any of the money.”
Hacking medical device devices to help track fraudThe system, called the HealthCare.gov Health Identification Information System, will allow manufacturers to upload data from medical devices they make or purchase, including serial numbers, to the FDA, according to a draft of the system obtained by Fox News.
The system is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ effort to improve the tracking of medical device sales, which is crucial to the health of millions of Americans.
In addition to providing information on the medical devices in their store, manufacturers will also upload their own medical device fingerprints to the system, which will be shared with the FDA and other regulatory agencies.
That data will allow the agency to determine if a device is a counterfeit.
The fingerprinting software will be built into devices and is designed to work with existing software systems that can verify the authenticity of a device and help identify its manufacturer.
The program will be used by medical device makers who have used existing software to help detect counterfeits.
In addition to identifying medical devices with their fingerprint, the system will help companies determine if the devices have been manufactured with a specific brand or model.
In order to comply with federal regulations, manufacturers must report their medical device identifiers to the government.
The FBI has also received a grant to help identify devices that are counterfeits, but has not been able to track them down, according a letter from the FBI to the manufacturer.
Hacking the medical device data to track counterfeit medical device fraudIn addition, Hickey said that the fingerprinting program will help the agency better track the counterfeits that have become popular among patients.
“If you have a counterfeit, you know the product has the wrong serial number and it doesn’t have the right serial number on it,” he said.
“You know that the serial number is different, so the FBI can go through the records to see if it has the right one and see that it is a genuine product.
We are going to use that to go to a retailer, say, and say, ‘Do you have that product?’
And if they say no, then it’s a counterfeit.”
Hitting the counterfeit issue in a timely mannerHickey has already received multiple inquiries about counterfeit medical products.
He said it’s been a challenge to track down counterfeit medical instruments.
“A lot of the counterfeit medical equipment that we’ve been seeing, it’s just like if you buy a $10,000 diamond ring, the next day you’re going to have a $25,000 ring that’s going for $5,000,” he explained.
“If you buy counterfeit medical software, that software can be used to create counterfeit products.
We have to make sure we are going in and out of that type of situation quickly and make sure the people that use the medical software understand what they’re doing.”
In a bid to speed up the detection process, Hicky said he plans to make the fingerprint system available for purchase in April.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he told Fox News on Thursday.
“I’m going to make it available to the public as soon as we can.”HICP is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase awareness of medical devices and to help the American public protect themselves from medical device misuse.
It was founded in 2004 and has more than 500 members.