Over the last several years, the US Food and Drug Administration has established the Unique Device Identification system. The US Food and Drug Administration has published several previous articles explaining the background for developing the system and helping hospitals adopt Unique Device Identification into their daily use. In this article, we provide background on the database where device identification information is stored and accessed, the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). We also explain several methods for accessing those data through the public portal, AccessGUDID, and describe efforts to integrate GUDID data into existing infrastructure using the GUDID application programming interfaces.
Corresponding author: Daniel R. Jacobson, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Building 66- Room 3107, Silver Spring MD 20993. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel R. Jacobson is a biomedical engineer in the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics at the US Food and Drug Administration. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.