Adopting identification standards in the medical device supply chain

Yousef Abdulsalam, Dari Alhuwail, Eugene S. Schneller

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently mandated that medical device manufacturers adopt Unique Device Identification (UDI) standards on their medical devices. The benefits that UDI brings to hospitals and patients is relatively obvious, including inventory transparency, product safety, product equivalency, business intelligence. However, adoption by manufacturers, who face the mandate, has been slow in part because the benefit to them is not as readily perceived. This study focuses on the incentives, barriers, and benefits that medical device manufacturers perceive in UDI adoption. This study seeks to understand which adoption pressures are driving manufacturers to act, and attempts to gauge the benefits to manufacturers from UDI adoption. Through survey methods, the evidence suggests that medical device manufacturers implement UDI largely as a response to the coercive and normative pressures they face. There continues to be a high level of uncertainty regarding the return on investment for the medical device manufacturers, particularly from the late adopters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Healthcare
  • Institutional theory
  • Supply chain management
  • Technology adoption
  • Unique device identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems


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