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Questions Remain On Incorporating UDIs Into Health Care System

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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As part of implementation of unique device identifier requirements, hospitals will need to capture the unique codes in electronic health records and claims forms, but the logistics of doing so are still being worked out.

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