Archive | April, 2018

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

April 25, 2018

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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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Karen Waninger: You Are Not ‘Just’ a BMET

April 24, 2018

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

April 12, 2018

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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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Salim Kai: A Vision for HTM Leadership

April 11, 2018

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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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Kenneth Maddock: Managing Your Perspective

April 6, 2018

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

April 2, 2018

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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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