Sparta Systems Readies Leading Organizations for Electronic Medical Device Reporting

Holmdel, NJ Mar 10, 2010 – Sparta Systems, Inc., the maker of TrackWise® software and the market leader in enterprise quality and compliance management solutions, today announced that a significant percentage of medical device companies currently submitting “high–volume” reports, leverage its TrackWise enterprise quality management solution for automated report submission to the FDA. These early adopters have taken proactive steps to comply with the electronic Medical Device Reports (eMDR) guidance, accelerating their realization of significant operational efficiencies and hard dollar savings over the manual, paper-based methods of the past.

The proposed eMDR regulation would require medical device companies to submit adverse event reports to the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) via an electronic gateway. In November of 2009, the agency closed the period for companies to submit comments on the proposed requirement, and industry experts expect the rule to become mandatory within 12 months, leaving little time for device makers to prepare for automated report submission. Many medical device companies have not yet been proactive in implementing an electronic submission system, while those that have done so have already realized demonstrable improvements in operational efficiencies and significant cost savings while preparing for compliance with the looming mandate.

TrackWise software automates the eMDR submission process for device manufacturers in the high-volume category, enabling successful reporting to CDRH in a fraction of the time previously spent on manual, paper-based submissions. Sparta has worked with a large percentage of the companies currently live with eMDR to successfully plan, design, implement and test their TrackWise-enabled eMDR system, helping ensure that reports are submitted and acknowledgements received quickly and efficiently. Alternatively, companies can manually submit these electronic reports – an option that is resource-intensive for large organizations.

“Companies that leverage the TrackWise solution for eMDR compliance have demonstrated that they realize the time-sensitive nature of preparing for electronic submission,” said Mike Jovanis, vice president, product management for Sparta Systems. “With the deadline for compliance approaching and the opportunity for significant ROI apparent, it is crucial that more device makers recognize this need and take the necessary proactive steps to comply with this long-anticipated mandate.”