Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tens of millions of medical devices are used on a daily basis in the U.S., including pacemakers, knee replacements, and glucose test strips. It is critical for providers, patients, manufacturers and others to have access to better information about the performance of these devices. Not only will this information enhance patient safety, but it will also inform the development of new and more effective products. However, in today’s current market there are limited resources and tools available to collect this information. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform formed the National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board; a multi-stakeholder group tasked with building this capability and designing a system to gather this information.
On February 23, the Engelberg Center hosted a discussion that highlighted the planning board’s long-term vision, identified key considerations and implications for stakeholders, and evaluated potential opportunities to support and sustain this initiative. The event included the release of the planning board’s preliminary report.