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Priyanka Upendra: Why You Need an HTM Compliance Program

May 21, 2018

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The healthcare industry faces more regulations each year and a more aggressive enforcement environment. Healthcare technology management (HTM) services enforce their own requirements with the vendors they partner with. Because of the broad scope of services provided by HTM departments and the evolution of clinical technologies, compliance issues can flare up in minutes in the […]

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William Hyman: Will Unique Device Identifiers Live Up to the Hype?

April 25, 2018

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The ongoing roll out of unique device identifiers (UDIs) promises several expected benefits derived from medical devices possessing UDI codes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published Medical Device Safety Action Plan that describes one such benefit. The plan predicts that UDIs will provide “a mechanism to reduce medical errors by enabling healthcare professionals […]

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Karen Waninger: You Are Not ‘Just’ a BMET

April 24, 2018

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Whether at local, regional, or national gatherings of healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, I’ve noticed a common misconception that people with certain job titles automatically deserve a higher level of respect. It is typical for individuals in these settings to introduce themselves by saying their name and the name of their employer. Often, the conversation […]

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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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David W. Braeutigam: To the ‘Geeks’ Go the Spoils

April 2, 2018

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When I first became a biomed, I was taught how to troubleshoot vacuum tubes and transistors. You had to be able to read a schematic and turn a wrench. Our world was mostly analog. Today, the world is all digital. We no longer carry Day-Timers but use our phones or computers for our calendars. We […]

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Salim Kai: Where Do You Stand in a Changing HTM Landscape?

March 19, 2018

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Are you ready for the changes taking place in healthcare today? It is no surprise that the healthcare technology management (HTM) profession is rapidly changing. Along with it, the way we are leading and managing our daily work is also changing. Everywhere we look around us at work, we see change is taking place in […]

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Vickie Snyder: Using Outreach to Increase Awareness about HTM

March 14, 2018

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I was recently was asked if I wanted to attend an event at a high school to talk about healthcare technology management (HTM). I try to go to these if my schedule allows because I love to talk about HTM and what we do. As part of the effort to help students train for careers […]

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Mike Busdicker: Is ‘Right to Repair’ the Core Issue?

March 8, 2018

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This year, I had the opportunity to attend a conference and take part in panel discussions with the main topic of “the customer comes first.” A number of the questions posed to the panel centered on what service organizations could provide to their customers. This is not a new subject—this has been an area of […]

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Eben Kermit: Would I Recommend This Hospital to a Friend?

February 27, 2018

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After spending nine hours in the emergency department with abdominal pain (Part 1, Process Improvement), and then being admitted as an inpatient in a noisy ward (Part 2, It Is What It Is), I was starting to feel low and that things were spiraling out of my control. So, I requested a visit from the […]

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