• Replacement Parts: Asking the Right Questions

    Replacement parts can occupy a gray area in the world of HTM. It can be difficult to ensure that such a part won't compromise patient safety or cause a device to malfunction.…
  • AAMI Annual Conference Sets Attendance Record

    The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) announced on June 5 that its annual conference in Denver last weekend had registered 2,032 attendees, a new record for the event. If…
  • AAMI 2015, Tweet by Tweet

    For those who couldn't attend the AAMI 2015 conference in person, crowdsourcing came to the rescue, with a tweet-by-tweet account of the 3-day event in Denver.
  • The X-Files: The Past, Present, and Future of X-ray Equipment

    The fundamentals of x-ray technology have barely changed in decades. But the systems surrounding x-ray equipment are constantly shifting. The skill sets of biomeds will need to evolve with those shifts.
  • Digital Health Poised for an Explosion

    Gunnar Trommer of BCG Digital Ventures told attendees at AAMI 2015 that the digital health spectrum is much broader than fitbits or other wearable devices. With $4 billion invested in the market…
AAMI staff at the 2015 Expo.
Photos from AAMI's annual Conference & Expo, held in Denver, June 5–8, are now available on the association's website. The images include stills from the opening reception, scenes from the exhibit hall, and photos of the annual award winners and featured speakers.
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EOS Imaging has installed EOS imaging systems at two of the largest academic hospitals in Germany. The system, designed to provide full-body 2D and 3D stereo-radiographic images, has a new EOS Micro Dose option that reduces dose from pediatric spine follow-up exams to a level equivalent to a week of natural background radiation.
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Philips has debuted the Lumify transducer, its first solution for the company's App-Based Ultrasound platform. Designed for emergency departments and urgent care centers, as well as other clinical settings, the Lumify integrates with a compatible smart device and subscription-based online portal to extend the reach of ultrasound with mobile technology.
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Agfa Healthcare has received FDA clearance for the Full Fidelity View functionality on its Xero Viewer. The tool is designed to provide diagnostic quality when images are displayed, by retrieving original-quality renditions of stored CT, MRI, CR, and ultrasound images.
At the upcoming American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine conference July 9–12 in Orlando, Fla, Carestream Health and Quantum Medical Imaging will showcase new products, software, and technology designed to address the needs of orthopedic and sports medicine care providers. Among the items on display will be a cone beam CT system that captures patients' knees, legs, feet, arms, and hands.
BC Technical, a non-OEM medical imaging solutions provider, announced that it has acquired Atlas Medical Technologies, a provider of CT and MR refurbished and preowned systems, services, and projects. According to the company, the deal allows it to solidify its position as a nationwide, independent service, systems, and parts provider for CT, MR, NM, PET and PET/CT.
24x7 reached out to three presenters from the AAMI Conference & Expo for their account of their sessions. They were asked to share their thoughts and impressions, touch on what topics proved most interesting to attendees, and explore how their experience might reshape their approach for next year.
WEDI Primer for Cyber Attacks
A new primer from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange outlines steps that healthcare delivery organizations can take to thwart would-be cyber attacks. The resource covers three key areas of cyber security, including the life cycle of cyber attacks and defense, the anatomy of an attack, and building a culture of prevention.
Reader responses to a report on a recent George Mills speech show that the biomed community remains skeptical that rules privileging manufacturer recommendations for preventive maintenance are justified.
In instant polling responses to a presentation at AAMI 2015 on the CE-IT convergence, clinical engineers expressed both doubts about and hopes for improved collaboration between HTM and IT departments.
Futurecasting is the practice of envisioning the future of yourself or your team, organization, or broader industry. The Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology program is in the midst of this process, envisioning a strategy that ensures coordinated, consistent, high-quality, and affordable healthcare technology management across the Kaiser Permanente enterprise.
With more than a century behind it, GE is looking ahead to determine how to position itself for its next 100 years. For GE Healthcare, that means facing the same issues as the rest of the healthcare industry, including declining reimbursements, increased patient volume, and an aging workforce.
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Replacement parts can occupy a gray area in the world of HTM. It can be difficult to ensure that such a part won't compromise patient safety or cause a device to malfunction. During a recent session at AAMI, Ken Maddock and Pat Baird addressed these and other concerns surrounding replacement parts.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched an interactive emPower map, a disaster preparedness tool that integrates data from real-time severe weather tracking services. The resource is aimed at helping communities prepare to meet the needs of residents with electricity-dependent medical equipment during an emergency.
Monteris Medical's NeuroBlate System
Monteris Medical announced that its NeuroBlate system, a minimally invasive robotic laser thermotherapy tool for treating neurological lesions, earned a gold medal product award in the “Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies” category of the 2015 Medical Design Excellence Awards.
OmniVision Technologies Inc, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced a new ultra-compact CameraChip sensor for medical imaging and industrial applications. The OV6946 captures 400 x 400 pixel resolution images and video in a compact 0.9 x 0.9 mm package, making it a suitable camera solution for minimally-invasive, reusable endoscopy.
Varian radiotherapy technology
Varian Medical Systems has entered into a multi-year agreement with Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system operating five hospitals in northern Virginia, to become Varian's exclusive supplier of advanced technology for image-guided, high-precision radiotherapy and radiosurgery.
Siemens Healthcare has signed a managed equipment services agreement with William Osler Health System to handle the procurement, replacement, and maintenance of its medical imaging equipment. The deal marks one of the company's largest contract awards in North America and is the first of its type in Canada.
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Carestream plans to display a range of imaging systems, including its Touch ultrasound system and the still-in-development cone beam CT system for orthopaedic imaging, at the upcoming annual meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management. The tradeshow and exhibit will be held July 19–22, 2015, in Las Vegas.
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