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New super registry: all implanted medical devices to be tracked

A ground-breaking, mandatory national medical device outcome registry has been launched to collate detailed information on all procedures involving high-risk (Class III/IIb) devices, including pacemakers, hip joint replacements and breast implants.

Led by NHS England’s Outcomes and Registries programme, and developed in partnership with NEC Software Solutions (NEC), the Medical Device Outcome Registry platform (MDOR) will capture data on over two million medical device procedures and more than 10 million unique devices used on patients each year across the NHS and independent healthcare sector, addressing recommendations from the Cumberlege review and Patterson inquiry.  

Collecting key details of the procedure, the clinicians involved and devices used, the registry will include clinical observational and patient outcome data, providing a single, comprehensive repository to improve patient safety and outcomes.  

Scott Pryde, delivery director for the Outcomes and Registries Programme, NHS England, said: “Millions of people receive high-risk medical devices and implants every year. Whereas most procedures are a complete success, when things go wrong it can result in serious harm for the patients affected. The Medical Device Outcome Registry will be responsive to concerns about the safety and outcomes of patients who receive high-risk medical devices, such as implants, and will use the data to actively detect, predict and prevent patient harm, and improve outcomes for patients".  

“The result will be in a step change in improving patient safety in these procedures, providing clinicians and healthcare teams with secure access to critical information they can use to inform clinical decisions and improve the experience of patients before, during and after their procedures.”  

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Source: Clinical Services Journal, 31 May 2023


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