By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- New research on Health and Medicine is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating from Erlangen, Germany, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "In early 2012, a number of serious events in the implant area raised public awareness and started a discussion on safety issues and monitoring medical devices in academics and politics. Apparently, there is a lack in the surveillance of medical devices."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from University Erlangen-Nurnberg, "Therefore, the objective of this work is to detect and classify implant registries in Europe. Methods and findings: A systematic search of literature was carried out to identify the different types of registries. Furthermore, to characterize the implant registries by different criteria a medical device classification system was established. One hundred and one European registries were found. Most registries exist in the field of cardiac implants and arthroplasty (38 and 29) and their distribution showed variation within Europe. For a lot of implant categories, none or very few registries could be identified. Some countries run more registries than others. There are a lot of differences in aim and structure among the registries. There is only a limited number of reviews on registries and a centralized monitoring system in Europe is missing. Our results reveal a lack of transparency concerning number, aim, structure and quality of registries."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This is crucial, as registries work as early warning systems for identifying and notifying patients at risk."
For more information on this research see: Registries of implantable medical devices in Europe. Health Policy, 2013;113(1-2):20-37. Health Policy can be contacted at: Elsevier Ireland Ltd, Elsevier House, Brookvale Plaza, East Park Shannon, Co, Clare, 00000, Ireland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Health Policy - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/505962)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C. Niederlander, University of Erlangen Nurnberg, Interdisciplinary Center Hlth Technol Assessment HTA, D-91054 Erlangen, Germany. Additional authors for this research include P. Wahlster, C. Kriza and P. Kolominsky-Rabas (see also Health and Medicine).
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