BC Biomedical, part of BC Group International, has announced the launch of the ConMed PM kit, a complete set of accessories needed to safely perform preventative maintenance procedures for the ConMed system 2450 and system 5000 electrosurgical unit generators.
The AAMI Foundation has scheduled a free webinar for Friday, December 4, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (EST) on “Creating a Culture of Safety in Home Mechanical Ventilation," which will review different types of home ventilator circuits and how the circuit can affect patient safety.
Vivid E95 4D ultrasound
GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis, will highlight the Vivid E95 4D and E90 2D ultrasound systems with cSound software at RSNA 2015. These new cardiovascular ultrasound systems are developed to help physicians effectively diagnose conditions in patients while potentially reducing additional tests often required in evaluating heart conditions, such as heart failure.
Philips Lumify
Royal Philips announced that Lumify, its smart device ultrasound solution, is available for purchase by licensed healthcare providers or organizations in the US, and is offered as part of a new digital subscription model. From the Philips online portal, users can order transducers, manage flexible subscriptions, and access Philips' support, training, and IT services.
Sonimage HS1 Version 2.0
Konica Minolta will introduce Version 2.0 of its handheld ultrasound system, Sonimage HS1, at RSNA 2015. The system's improved imaging quality includes greater differentiation for viewing subtle variations in the far field of the image, and increased sensitivity to simple needle visualizations to enable safer and more efficient procedures.
Toshiba Xario 100 ultrasound
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, Calif, will display at RSNA 2015 the Xario 100, described as a simpler ultrasound system, and the newest addition to its line of ultrasound products. Intended as a cost-effective solution to improving patient care, the Xario 100 is small, versatile, and easy-to-use, with a 19-inch LCD monitor and the same advanced imaging technologies found in the company’s high-end ultrasound units.
Acertara Acoustic Laboratories has announced that CEO G. Wayne Moore was named as the new chair for the Ultrasound Technical Committee of the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance (MITA), the medical device division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). MITA develops standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment. Its membership is comprised of original equipment manufacturers that make up 90% of the market.
The Joint Commission has released its annual report summarizing data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014. This year, 31.5% of accredited facilities qualified as a Top Performer, indicating excellent performance on accountability measures for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.
EarlySense, a contact-free, health sensing and analytics company, and Herman Miller-Nemschoff, a healthcare furniture company, have announced their comarketing partnership to produce Herman Miller chairs that are preenabled to accept EarlySense contact-free sensor-based monitoring. Once enabled, the chairs allow caregivers the ability to monitor a patient's heart and respiratory rates, status in the chair (in or out), and motion.
To help hospitals meet The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms, the AAMI Foundation has released a toolkit, the Clinical Alarm Management Compendium, offering knowledge, experience, and advice from leading practitioners.
According to a white paper published by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), cybersecurity best practices and standards by manufacturers and healthcare providers offer the clearest line of defense against cyber attacks. Manufacturers, installers, service staff, and healthcare providers must work together to advance cybersecurity measures, particularly as the Internet of Things advances towards greater interoperability and data exchange.
What's the best way to handle the follow-up after a repair, or pin down a hard-to-reach vendor? For a long time, paper repair tickets, phone calls, and voicemails sufficed, but in today's fast-paced culture, we often struggle to reach our customers. Increasingly, the solution to efficient, effective communication lies in direct messaging.
Agfa's integrated x-ray room
Agfa Healthcare announced that it will introduce its fully automated DR 600 multi-detector, high-productivity, high-throughput direct radiography (DR) solution at RSNA 2015, being held from November 29 to December 4 in Chicago. With new features and ZeroForce Technology, the DR 600 system offers speed, precision, and comfort, according to the company.
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation and Toshiba America Medical Systems have awarded Memorial Hospital of Converse County and Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center its inaugural Safety First grants to improve technologist safety during diagnostic imaging procedures. Launched earlier this year, the program awards two ASRT members up to $7,000 each for the implementation of a radiologic technology safety program or idea that creates a safer work environment.
Konica's AeroDR LT
Konica Minolta will feature its new digital radiology solution, the AeroDR LT, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to be held November 29 to December 4 in Chicago. The AeroDR LT provides radiologists with the capabilities of the AeroDR XE in a lower weight version to deliver primary imaging at the point-of-care.
Voluson E10
GE Healthcare announced that it will showcase the Voluson E10 with HDlive technology, the company’s newest and most advanced Voluson ultrasound system to date. Featuring the "world's first" curved matrix electronic 4D probe designed specifically for ob/gyn, the system is said to give healthcare providers four times the ultrasound pathways for improved clarity and 2D and 3D/4D images with increased penetration.
Hitachi Scenaria CT
Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc announced that it received FDA clearance to market two new CT imaging models within its Scenaria platform, the new Scenaria SE 64 and the SE 128. The Scenaria SE models have new workflow-speed and ease-of-use capabilities to facilitate higher daily scanning volumes.
AAMI University has announced that it is hosting a webinar, "RTLS: Tracking Assets and Beyond," that will illustrate the strategic role healthcare technology management professionals have in evaluating, selecting, implementing, and maintaining real-time location systems. The webinar will be held December 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST).
Uni-Sim LIte
Rigel Medical has released its Uni-Sim Lite, a compact and versatile simulator capable of verifying the performance and accuracy of patient vital signs monitors. The new handheld, battery-powered unit was designed to carry out the most common simulations and checks, performing NIBP, SpO2, ECG waveforms, temperature, respiration, and invasive blood pressure tests simultaneously.
DebMed has announced the results of its 4th annual survey on facilities' data collection concerning healthcare hand hygiene compliance. Results gathered from more than 850 healthcare professionals throughout North America show that most respondents believe existing methods of monitoring compliance are insufficient. But while electronic hand hygiene monitoring is known to improve hand hygiene compliance, budget pressures and other healthcare priorities have prevented the widespread adoption of these technologies.