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Digitized DHRs and Flexible Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19

July 8, 2020 by David Butcher

Paperless device history records could streamline operations and readily capture data, easing access anytime, anywhere.

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced rapid adaptation across the entire healthcare industry. With a dire need for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), manufacturers have quickly sought to retool factories and repurpose capacity to help address the health crisis created by the novel coronavirus. While manufacturers of N95 masks, ventilators, and other equipment have ramped up production, makers of all kinds—from vodka and hockey equipment to vacuum cleaners and hand dryers—have also pivoted to produce products like hand sanitizer, medical shields, and ventilators in response to shortages created by the pandemic.

Even as manufacturers adapt with extraordinary agility to fulfill skyrocketing demand, it’s unclear how quickly units can consistently reach those who need them. Manufacturers must be able to balance speed with compliance, yet as production expands to meet immediate needs, paper-based processes can slow production down or cast doubt on the quality of the lifesaving equipment.

Read the full article here: Digitized DHRs and Flexible Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19