June 19, 2017

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Melissa Kozak: Put Device Users First with Human Factors-Informed Procurement

Think about the last time you saw a demonstration of a new medical device. Were you guided through all the new and innovative features by an expert who was able to step in and assist with any questions or difficulties as you tried it for the first time? Now think about the last time you […]

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June 5, 2017

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Emma Fauss: Remote Monitoring Is No Remote Concern for Hospitals

Remote monitoring and virtual surveillance are quickly becoming a top priority at hospitals across the country. One of the main drivers is the growth of health systems where the main campus is looking for ways to remotely monitor its rural and sub-acute facility patients. Another driver is the desire to remotely monitor patients in higher […]

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June 2, 2017

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Emma Fauss: Leverage Your Device Data for Advanced Event Detection

Clinical staffers spend about 20% of their time on documentation alone. While it’s difficult to summarize the error rates, studies show that they range from 5% to 95%, depending upon the condition, patient, and measurement. Inaccurate documentation has many risks, from clinical risks such as cherry-picked vitals and handoff, to financial risks such as revenue […]

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June 1, 2017

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Mike Busdicker: Building an In-House Program Doesn’t Mean Cutting Ties with Service Providers

About six years ago, our organization started down the path to develop and implement an in-house imaging equipment service program. Early on, we decided that some of our key areas of focus included the need to reduce costs, maintain or improve service quality, meet or exceed caregiver expectations, and provide a safe environment for everyone […]

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May 31, 2017

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Salim Kai: Be a Partner in Patient Safety

The evolving science of patient safety in today’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities is about protecting patients from injury and death while they are being treated for illnesses or other conditions. Over the past two decades, patient safety has gained quite a bit of attention, recognized worldwide with new strategies and recommendations being outlined all […]

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May 26, 2017

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Robert Sayle: A Conversation Worth Having for Network Security

Hey, Information Security, how’s it going? You may remember me, Bob in IT. Thanks for meeting me over coffee. Did you order already? I did, too. While we’re waiting for them to bring it out, let me tell you about the conversation I had with our biomed colleagues. They heard about the recent WannaCry ransomware […]

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May 24, 2017

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Donald Armstrong: HTM Week Is a Grand Time to Celebrate the Biomed Life

Having breakfast with colleagues, we greeted each other by saying, “Happy Biomed Week.” We have a party this week, so the greeting that particular day might turn into, “Happy Biomed Day.” One of my smart and funny co-workers said it should be “Biomed Life” because we live it every day. What a great point. We […]

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May 17, 2017

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Steve Yelton: You’re an HTM Educator (Even if You Don’t Know It)

For years, AAMI has been a leader in supporting healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals in many ways. It has worked very hard in trying to enhance biomedical training programs. One goal has been to help create strong relationships between HTM departments in hospitals, third-party organizations, and colleges. You may be asking: “What can I do […]

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May 9, 2017

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William Hyman: Today’s Challenge? Keeping Track of Bills about Medical Device Regulation

The regulation of medical devices by the FDA remains a hot topic for makers of medical devices and HTM professionals, whether they are employed by hospitals, manufacturers, or third-party entities. There are at least seven ways that the regulation of medical devices could fundamentally change. Three of these are legislative in which a bill is […]

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April 25, 2017

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Donald Armstrong: Help Your Hospital in the Fight Against HAIs

It is a regulatory requirement to clean and disinfect medical equipment before being used on a patient. Such a practice is also simply the right thing to do. We need to keep our patients and hospital personnel safe. While that outlook is a no-brainer, the cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment is a complicated responsibility […]

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