May 21, 2018

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Priyanka Upendra: Why You Need an HTM Compliance Program

The healthcare industry faces more regulations each year and a more aggressive enforcement environment. Healthcare technology management (HTM) services enforce their own requirements with the vendors they partner with. Because of the broad scope of services provided by HTM departments and the evolution of clinical technologies, compliance issues can flare up in minutes in the […]

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April 25, 2018

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William Hyman: Will Unique Device Identifiers Live Up to the Hype?

The ongoing roll out of unique device identifiers (UDIs) promises several expected benefits derived from medical devices possessing UDI codes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published Medical Device Safety Action Plan that describes one such benefit. The plan predicts that UDIs will provide “a mechanism to reduce medical errors by enabling healthcare professionals […]

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April 24, 2018

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Karen Waninger: You Are Not ‘Just’ a BMET

Whether at local, regional, or national gatherings of healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, I’ve noticed a common misconception that people with certain job titles automatically deserve a higher level of respect. It is typical for individuals in these settings to introduce themselves by saying their name and the name of their employer. Often, the conversation […]

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April 12, 2018

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Eben Kermit: When Innovative Devices Test the Boundaries of Protected Health Information

I was working in my office when the phone rang from our help desk intake line. A physician needed assistance with an ultrasound device that was intermittent. This was the beginning of an hours-long situation that took me from my normal routine into a “twilight zone” and back again. Put him through, I said, and […]

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April 11, 2018

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Salim Kai: A Vision for HTM Leadership

Often, the words “leader” and “leadership” are mentioned casually. Have you thought for a moment about what a leader is and what real leaders do? Many leaders in our profession didn’t study leadership in school or as part of an internship. A common definition of a leader is “an individual who influences others towards achieving […]

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April 6, 2018

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Kenneth Maddock: Managing Your Perspective

In my current position as a quality director, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we can help our teams be more successful. I’ve served in many different roles over the years, ranging from technician to vice president. In each of those positions, I had a much different view of the world. What […]

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April 2, 2018

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David W. Braeutigam: To the ‘Geeks’ Go the Spoils

When I first became a biomed, I was taught how to troubleshoot vacuum tubes and transistors. You had to be able to read a schematic and turn a wrench. Our world was mostly analog. Today, the world is all digital. We no longer carry Day-Timers but use our phones or computers for our calendars. We […]

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March 23, 2018

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Richard Tidman: Merging HTM and Primary Care: The Rise of the HTM-MD?

Note: This post appeared in abbreviated form as the Final Word article in the March/April 2018 issue of BI&T. There was a time, not long ago, when predictions were easier. A time when the pace of change was less dramatic and disruptive, and medical technology turnover was measured in years. Those days are gone. A […]

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March 19, 2018

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Salim Kai: Where Do You Stand in a Changing HTM Landscape?

Are you ready for the changes taking place in healthcare today? It is no surprise that the healthcare technology management (HTM) profession is rapidly changing. Along with it, the way we are leading and managing our daily work is also changing. Everywhere we look around us at work, we see change is taking place in […]

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March 14, 2018

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Vickie Snyder: Using Outreach to Increase Awareness about HTM

I was recently was asked if I wanted to attend an event at a high school to talk about healthcare technology management (HTM). I try to go to these if my schedule allows because I love to talk about HTM and what we do. As part of the effort to help students train for careers […]

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