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Mike Ahmadi: When It Comes to Cybersecurity, the Regulatory Will Is Weak

August 3, 2017

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I want to tell a story. I grew up in Cleveland Ohio, a city that has always held its place in the top two or three cities that everyone likes to poke fun at for being a place where you do not want to live—or so it was for most of my life. Thankfully, it […]

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Robert Sayle: What Does Cybersecurity Need? Supplicants

July 18, 2017

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Mornin’, biomed! It’s Bob in IT. I was just on my way to a meeting next door, and I thought I’d drop by to say hello. I wanted to follow-up with you about my request to have you start collecting MAC addresses as part of your staging process. Here’s the thing: MAC addresses are what […]

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Melissa Kozak: Put Device Users First with Human Factors-Informed Procurement

June 19, 2017

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Think about the last time you saw a demonstration of a new medical device. Were you guided through all the new and innovative features by an expert who was able to step in and assist with any questions or difficulties as you tried it for the first time? Now think about the last time you […]

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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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William Hyman: Do We Know How to Evaluate and Compare Risks and Benefits?

August 23, 2016

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It is well known that few things in life are risk free and that we therefore take on risk whenever we seek the benefits of healthcare. This leads to the straightforward notion that we should evaluate risks and benefits, and then compare them in order to make a rational decision about undertaking the activity. While […]

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William Hyman: Early (or Late) Warning with Medical Device Problems

January 7, 2016

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Recalls typically are based on a conclusion reached by the manufacturer that there is a problem with a device that can lead to, for a Class I recall, serious adverse health consequences or death. For Class II and III recalls, the risk is proportionally lower. The recognition of a problem often begins with an increase […]

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Stephen Berger: Here’s How Hospitals Can Prepare for Crucial Spectrum Change

October 8, 2015

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The decision this past summer by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow TV White Space (TVWS) devices to share Channel 37 with Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) systems changes the spectrum environment in an important way. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations have a three-to-five-year planning horizon to prepare for this change. While that may […]

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Mary Logan: Risk Management Is Everyone’s Business

October 6, 2015

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Last week, I listened to an impressive lineup of panelists and attendees at the seventh AAMI-FDA Summit, this one tackling the subject of risk management. The inspiration for this update is a recurring theme in the summit that “risk management is everyone’s business.” Starting with the keynote address of Jeff Natterman, the risk manager for […]

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Stephen Berger: Hospitals Must Address Interference Issue Raised by FCC Ruling

August 31, 2015

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On Aug. 6, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the use of TV White Space (TVWS) devices in the 600 MHz band. As part of the order, TVWS devices are allowed to share Channel 37 with Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) systems that operate there. Hospitals and healthcare organizations that operate WMTS systems on […]

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Mary Logan: Whose World View Do We Use to Define and Manage Risk?

May 27, 2015

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I’m fascinated by the wide variety in how people in healthcare technology define, view, manage, and tolerate risk. I have added to my reading list on this topic a recent article by Malcolm Gladwell on auto recalls, “The Engineer’s Lament.” In our world of healthcare technology, Gladwell’s piece helps all of us, engineer or not, […]

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