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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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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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William Hyman: Precision Matters in Medical Device Terminology

December 20, 2016

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I have long been concerned (some might say obsessed) with the distinction between a medical device being “approved” and one being “cleared.” In simple terms, only a Class III device that has successfully traversed the PMA process has been approved. A Class II device that has reached the market via a 510(k) Premarket Notification has […]

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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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Nancy Chobin: Understand the Difference between Certification and Competency

November 7, 2016

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As the former executive director of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (1988-2014), I had the opportunity to learn a great deal about certification and its impact on the safety of patients. Few can argue that there is a critical need for competent sterile processing personnel; they perform essential duties that can […]

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Carol Davis-Smith: The Value of Speaking Up

November 1, 2016

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We are all faced with professional situations that sometimes don’t feel “quite right.” There’s an inner voice in all of us that calls us to action when these situations occur. But some people don’t speak up for fear of retaliation or even a fear of inaction (that is, if we do say something, nothing will […]

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Wil Vargas: Tackling the Tower of Babel with Health Software Defects

October 31, 2016

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A security flaw is identified in another medical device, another set of patient data results is mixed up, configuration information is lost after a software update, another device fails to perform as intended. News stories continue to implicate software in medical device failures as the use of software in healthcare continues to grow. We don’t […]

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Fu, Halamka, Kufahl, and Logan: Hospitals Need Better Cybersecurity, Not More Fear

September 23, 2016

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We’ve seen unprecedented attention to medical-device security after an unorthodox report was recently released by short-selling investment research firm Muddy Waters Capital and MedSec, which alleged security vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers. An independent research team subsequently raised doubts about some of the clinical claims made by the report. St. Jude Medical, meanwhile, has […]

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