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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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Jennifer DeFrancesco: Is HTM Becoming a Starter Career? How We Can Retain Talent

February 16, 2018

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A few years back, I performed a cohort analysis to study retention of entry-level biomedical engineers over a ten-year period. At first glance, this data appeared promising and aligns with many of the reasons why biomedical engineering, medical device repair, and healthcare technology management are some of the best and fastest growing careers out there. […]

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Barrett Franklin: What’s Your Cornerstone to Success?

February 13, 2018

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Recently, I was asked what I considered the “cornerstone of my success” within my organization. After hemming and hawing for a moment, I said that I believed that communication was, is, and will continue to be the cornerstone of my success. As I step back and think about it a bit more, I’m convinced that […]

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Donald Armstrong: For Career Growth, Give Management a Shot

December 12, 2017

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Do I want to take on a management role, or am I happiest in a staff position? Many biomeds will face this question in their careers, especially if they’ve been working in the field for more than five years. To give this question some context, consider these facts: There are 5,564 hospitals in the United […]

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Kenneth Maddock: Building a Foundation for Respect

October 31, 2017

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A conversation has been ongoing regarding the need for us to elevate the field of healthcare technology management (HTM) in order to get the respect we deserve. My contribution has typically been that we need to build a relationship, show respect to others on the healthcare team, and participate in solving healthcare problems—and the respect […]

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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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Connor Walsh: Grow in Your Career with a Mentor

August 29, 2016

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The thought of being stuck in your career is scary to fathom, yet many people feel this way at some point.  Even in a field such as healthcare technology management (HTM), which offers endless opportunities to grow, one still can feel overwhelmed and can be curious as to “what’s next” in terms of  personal and […]

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Barrett Franklin: I Love Technology, but It Isn’t Always the Answer

August 3, 2016

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Until recently, the daily management of healthcare technology was my core focus, having served as chief clinical engineer for the VA New England Healthcare System. When I stepped into a new role as deputy network director for that system—a position with a more global focus—I was struck by how often I had fallen victim to […]

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