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Rob Jensen: Taking a Side in the Debate over Medical Device Service

October 10, 2017

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This year, we’ve seen an even hotter-than-usual debate about the servicing of medical devices and healthcare technology, thanks in part to calls for new standards, a congressional mandate for an FDA report on the subject, and renewed interest in making data-based decisions. The discussion can get particularly heated when we talk about third-party service providers […]

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Rebecca Arthur: The Importance of Downtime Strategies for HTM-Supported Clinical Information Systems

October 9, 2017

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I meet with my team every Monday to review issues that occurred over the weekend, repeat service calls for various systems, and any upcoming downtime that we need to notify users about. Our downtime strategy has developed over the last few years from a “let’s at least do it once a year” to a monthly, […]

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Russell Furst: ‘Objective’ Technology Assessments Can Miss the Mark

September 6, 2017

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Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals usually encourage their organizations (or clients) to use objective criteria when prioritizing equipment replacement. This desire for objectivity commonly leads to some type of technology assessment using a scoring system based on criteria such as age, reliability, overall condition, utilization, state of the technology (from cutting edge to obsolete), useful […]

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Larry Fennigkoh: It’s Past Time for HTM to Turn Data into Knowledge

August 11, 2017

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How do you scientifically determine the effect of something on something else? The answer (in whatever form it may take and regardless of the branch of science from which it originates) may often be answered through use of a well-established statistical technique referred to as regression analysis. It is through the application and appropriate use […]

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William Hyman: Reauthorization Bill Calls for FDA Report on Medical Device Service

August 8, 2017

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The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 completed its passage through Congress on Aug. 3, and the bill will become law once signed by President Trump. Although a major focus of this legislation is FDA user fees that are paid by manufacturers, it also addresses a number of other topics, including a favorite of everyone involved […]

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Paul Kelley: Of Crabs, Crawdads, and HTM

August 1, 2017

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Have you ever seen a bucket of crabs or crawdads? You can put them all in the bucket and not worry about any escaping because as one tries to crawl up and out of the bucket, the others grab it and pull it back. It’s akin to a mindset of, “If I can’t have it, […]

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William Hyman: Today’s Challenge? Keeping Track of Bills about Medical Device Regulation

May 9, 2017

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The regulation of medical devices by the FDA remains a hot topic for makers of medical devices and HTM professionals, whether they are employed by hospitals, manufacturers, or third-party entities. There are at least seven ways that the regulation of medical devices could fundamentally change. Three of these are legislative in which a bill is […]

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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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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: Remember Your Purpose

June 20, 2016

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Earlier this month, I returned home from another fantastic AAMI conference in Tampa, FL.  I was inspired by many new topics and further educated on several of the familiar subjects we cover from year to year. At the same time, there was one topic that seemed to intertwine almost all of the talks and sessions. […]

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