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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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Gregory Herr: HTM Must Rethink Its Role to Thrive in Modern Healthcare

March 27, 2017

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As the term “healthcare technology management (HTM)” becomes more prevalent, those of us who work in this field are still challenged with what this name really means. How does one implement the goals of HTM? What are the new opportunities? Embracing HTM as a name should be the first step in a broader goal of […]

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Donald Armstrong: The Lessons We Can Learn from New Employees

March 6, 2017

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I was working in my shop with a new employee and one of my favorite songs came on Pandora. My colleague declared, “I hate this song.” I was stunned! How could anyone hate Hotel California? I have loved this song for 40 years. How, I wondered, could we have anything in common if we have […]

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Matt Baretich: Seize the Day with New TJC Requirements

January 23, 2017

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By now, nearly everyone in the HTM community is aware of the substantial and unexpected changes in Joint Commission requirements for on-schedule completion of scheduled maintenance. I won’t go into the details here because recent webinars from AAMI and ECRI Institute, and one forthcoming from ACCE, are spreading the word. The gist is that we […]

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Donald Armstrong: In 2017, Let’s Blow Our Horns All Year Long

January 10, 2017

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I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I have had something on my mind for 2017. As biomeds or healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, we do not get the credit we deserve. I don’t want that to come across in a sour grapes sort of way. I’m simply pointing out a truth. When […]

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William Hyman: What Do FDA Inspections of Hospitals for MDR Compliance Tell Us?

November 16, 2016

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Medical device reporting (MDR) is mandatory for hospitals and others captured under the definition of “device use facilities,” which does not include physician offices. Also subject to mandatory reporting are manufacturers for which this is a well-entrenched activity. The three categories of device-related events that must be reported are deaths, serious injuries, and, for manufacturers, […]

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Donald Armstrong: What Makes a Great Biomed?

November 10, 2016

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During a recent discussion with several respected biomed colleagues, the topic of certification came up. There was mix of certified and noncertified biomedical equipment technicians at the table, some with bachelor’s degrees and others with associate’s degrees. We considered a couple of questions: “Does being certified make you a better biomed?” Would you choose a […]

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