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Emma Fauss: Leverage Your Device Data for Advanced Event Detection

June 2, 2017

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

June 1, 2017

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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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Salim Kai: Be a Partner in Patient Safety

May 31, 2017

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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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Robert Sayle: A Conversation Worth Having for Network Security

May 26, 2017

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

May 24, 2017

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

May 17, 2017

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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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Donald Armstrong: Help Your Hospital in the Fight Against HAIs

April 25, 2017

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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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Samantha Jacques: Clinical Engineering Has Crucial Role in Facilities Projects

April 18, 2017

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For the past few years, AAMI, ACCE, HIMMS, and others have been working to bridge the gap between the clinical or biomedical engineering (or healthcare technology management) department and the information technology (IT) department within a hospital or hospital system. We continue to learn how valuable a relationship is between CE and IT and how […]

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Jennifer DeFrancesco: Are We Missing the Big Picture with Big Data?

April 13, 2017

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Healthcare technology management (HTM) prides itself on being driven by “big data.” We have more metrics and ways at making evidence-based decisions than most within the healthcare industry.  Now that we are well into the era of big data, the struggle has been making it relevant. Sure, as HTM, we have settled nicely into our […]

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Barbara Christe: Educators, Is this ‘Survivor’? HELP Us!

April 11, 2017

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A recent article suggested that HTM-related education may be a “dying breed,” and I couldn’t agree more. That scares me! With programs closing around me and educators retiring, I know that our profession is in trouble—and I know our profession can do things to help. Picture driftwood on the beach, carefully laid out by educators, […]

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