• 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…
  • Reader Feedback: HTM, IT Hot Buttons

    May was a month for 24x7 readers to air their views on perennial hot-button issues for the biomed community. Debate continued over the best name for the profession and the best approach…
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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In the second of two articles explaining the basics of the Ethernet protocol, Networking columnist Jeff Kabachinski examines the Ethernet packet structure to show how the Ethernet recipient portion of the protocol operates.
TeleTracking Technologies and GE Healthcare have announced an agreement to work together to transition interested clients now on GE patient flow solutions to TeleTracking solutions.
ECRI Institute has provided temporary free access to its guidance article on medication reconciliation in recognition of Healthcare Risk Management Week. According to the report, medication accuracy is often most vulnerable during care transitions such as patient admission, discharge, and transfers between care units or settings.
Starting in January 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin reducing reimbursement rates for CT scans performed on equipment that doesn't meet a standard known as NEMA XR 29-2013, aimed at reducing patient dose. As many as one third of hospital outpatient CT scanners may need to be replaced, according to The Joint Commission.
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The Internet of Things is the latest technology breakthrough to transform healthcare. But as with any new technology, several considerations must be factored into the technology mix in order to lead to improved hospital efficiency and better patient outcomes.
TriMedx has named James Gupton as its new vice president of operations and program development, overseeing new product development, service offerings, and the company's field service organization. Gupton previously held leadership roles at ServiceSource, Covidien, GE, and Banner Health.
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A new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation includes guidelines to help hospitals identify hazards in advance by implementing root cause analysis and action (RCA2).