April 2, 2018

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

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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March 23, 2018

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Richard Tidman: Merging HTM and Primary Care: The Rise of the HTM-MD?

Note: This post appeared in abbreviated form as the Final Word article in the March/April 2018 issue of BI&T. There was a time, not long ago, when predictions were easier. A time when the pace of change was less dramatic and disruptive, and medical technology turnover was measured in years. Those days are gone. A […]

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March 19, 2018

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

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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March 14, 2018

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Vickie Snyder: Using Outreach to Increase Awareness about HTM

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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March 8, 2018

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

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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February 27, 2018

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

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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February 22, 2018

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

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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February 16, 2018

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

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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February 13, 2018

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Barrett Franklin: What’s Your Cornerstone to Success?

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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January 25, 2018

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Eben Kermit: When You’re Sick, ‘It Is What It Is’

After spending nine hours in the emergency department with abdominal pain (Part 1: Biomed Process Improvement from the Other Side of the Bed), I began my stay as a hospital inpatient. As an engineer, I continued to lean on my analytical “tool box” to notice areas for “process improvement.” I observed the “floor” as a […]

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