The U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is working on a system that will use unique device identifiers to better monitor high-risk devices and alert patients faster in case of product recalls or potential safety issues. The new system, which will link the identifiers to electronic health records and certain databases, aims to eliminate the need for multiple registries. Four trusts within the National Health Service have signed on to test the program when it's up and running.

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