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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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Mary Logan: What the Joys of a Summer Vacation Taught Me about Work

July 8, 2016

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Having just come home from a two-week vacation, I’m recommitted to applying some of the joys of a summer vacation to lighten up the weightiness of work responsibilities: Learn something new every day. One of the joys of vacation for me is tapping into learning something new every day. It might be reading a great […]

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Sabrina L. Reilly: Rethinking Resolutions

January 5, 2016

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Happy New Year! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, consider a new approach for 2016. New Year’s resolutions frequently lack introspection and are grounded in a problem-oriented mindset—lose weight, work harder, spend less, get organized … the message is BE BETTER. Resolution making is inherently an exercise in shaming ourselves to […]

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Steve Campbell: What Did You Say?

December 2, 2015

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There’s no doubt that technology has revolutionized the way we communicate. It’s truly amazing how much information we can get and how fast we can get it thanks to the Internet, social media, and through our phones and the countless number of TV stations. But along the way, we are slowly losing one important human […]

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Ken Maddock: With Communications Technology, Sometimes You’ve Got to Use It—and Sometimes You’ve Got to Lose It

November 6, 2015

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Even though I am much closer to the end of my career than the beginning, I am a huge proponent of using technology. I don’t pretend to be as adept with new technology, such as apps, as the 20-somethings, but I do believe it makes sense to use it to maximize personal and work productivity. […]

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Valdez Bravo: Six Tips for Engaging the C-Suite and Making Your HTM Department Shine

May 21, 2015

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As the supervisor of a clinical engineering department, I often felt as if there was a chasm between the front office or C-suite (where the CEO, COO, CFO, and other top executives reside), and my department in the basement. For a long time, I simply attributed this disconnect to the multiple layers of bureaucracy between the […]

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Tammy M. Pelnik: The Key to Fewer Do-Overs and More Satisfied Customers

May 11, 2015

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On one hand, a quality management system or QMS sounds like a sterile, standards-based construct: a checklist of things that need to be done. Where’s the value added with all of the procedures and paperwork? But the other hand has the true story: a QMS gives enough structure and support to disparate individuals so that, […]

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