CMMS suppliers unite to standardize medical device failure codes

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CMMS suppliers unite to standardize medical device failure codes

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | October 22, 2020 HTM

Matt Baretich of Baretich Engineering, thought leader and co-facilitator of the failure code white paper, explained that this isn’t the first time the HTM community has discussed pooling maintenance data for everyone’s betterment. However, it has been difficult to get everyone to agree about how to proceed.

“What makes this effort different is that we’ve got the suppliers who build the tools that use these codes agreeing to this standardization,” he said. “Their customers are looking for a best practice for using these deeply customizable management systems, and now there is one.”

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To facilitate a speedy adoption, the CMMS Collaborative members have already committed to working with their existing clients to transition from current platform configurations to ones that leverage this standardized list of failure codes. After evaluating the success of this first effort, CMMS and HTM leadership may consider standardizing additional code fields.

“There is no interest on anybody's part to standardize everything or make the CMMS software identical,” Baretich added. “Instead, this shared effort is focused on code fields that, if standardized, can lead to clear applications of data, and ultimately, better ways to ensure patient safety.”

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