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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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Alan Lipschultz: Representing HTM in China’s ‘City of Flowers’

February 22, 2018

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Last October, I had the pleasure of attending the biannual national meeting of the Chinese Society for Clinical Engineering (CSCE) as an invited speaker. The meeting was held in Kunming, China—the city of flowers and capital of Yunan Province, which is located in southern China just north of Laos. I was honored to represent both […]

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Jennifer DeFrancesco: Is HTM Becoming a Starter Career? How We Can Retain Talent

February 16, 2018

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A few years back, I performed a cohort analysis to study retention of entry-level biomedical engineers over a ten-year period. At first glance, this data appeared promising and aligns with many of the reasons why biomedical engineering, medical device repair, and healthcare technology management are some of the best and fastest growing careers out there. […]

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Barrett Franklin: What’s Your Cornerstone to Success?

February 13, 2018

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Recently, I was asked what I considered the “cornerstone of my success” within my organization. After hemming and hawing for a moment, I said that I believed that communication was, is, and will continue to be the cornerstone of my success. As I step back and think about it a bit more, I’m convinced that […]

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