TMA has arranged for physicians to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts as soon as they are issued.
TMA President Josie Williams, MD, says the association worked with the FDA, the American Medical Association, and the Texas Medical Liability Trust to make the Health Care Notification Network (HCNN) available to physicians. HCNN sends drug and medical device recalls and safety alerts to physicians online, replacing the current paper process that is slow and error-prone, she says.
In addition, here's what you can expect from HCNN:
- You can designate practice staff to receive copies of the HCNN alerts automatically.
- Your privacy is protected by the not-for-profit board that governs the HCNN.
- There is no advertising or spam.
- Your data from the network will not be sold or shared.
- You can opt out at any time.
- The HCNN is free to physicians and paid for by those who use the network for alert delivery, the manufacturers, and the FDA.
- If you do not open the e-alert, you will receive a paper alert via U.S. mail.
You can register for the service online.
"I encourage you to enroll now in a new, free service that will improve patient safety and your liability protection," Dr. Williams said.
Action , Jan. 16, 2009