Online biomedical database tracks equipment for date code readiness

The Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services departments have established an
online database that identifies the year 2000 status of biomedical equipment.

VA and HHS have restricted data in the online clearinghouse, at,
to publicly releasable information from manufacturers.

“The clearinghouse will provide timely and easily obtainable information about
medical devices that health care practitioners, medical treatment facilities and consumers
may use or manage,” said Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, VA undersecretary for health.

The database identifies biomedical equipment unaffected by the data change and
equipment with potential problems, he said.

The Web site’s search engine lets users type in manufacturers’ names to get
product information.

Manufacturers also can post information about their products.

The departments signed an interagency agreement to establish the Federal Y2K Biomedical
Clearinghouse on the Web. The Food and Drug Administration hosts and maintains the site.

The Veterans Health Administration handles design, development, implementation and
maintenance of clearinghouse data.

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