Founded last year in Scottsdale, Ariz, Trilogy Imaging Partners aims to bring transparency and efficiency to the used medical equipment market by borrowing the approaches of well-known Web sites like eBay and Yelp. The company consists of an online auction site and a separate resource directory that allows biomeds to rate third-party service providers. Founder and CEO Elizabeth Frazier spoke with 24x7 about Trilogy’s platforms and how they can help biomeds get better service and value.
The second 2015 exam registration window for AAMI's recently launched certified healthcare technology manager (CHTM) program will close October 24, 2015. Testing will take place December 5–12, 2015. The CHTM certification is intended for healthcare technology managers charged with managing employees and helping drive business decisions at their facilities.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its interoperability roadmap outlining steps to improve the seamless exchange of health information and patient care. Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap incorporates feedback gathered from more than 250 organizations and articulates a number of milestones that need to be accomplished by 2017.
Pat Stires, a 24x7 reader and contributor who recently retired after four decades working in medical imaging service, took some time to share his poem celebrating the travel-heavy life of the typical biomed.
The clinical engineering community has been indoctrinated to believe there is a strong relationship between "high-risk" equipment and its need for so-called “preventive” maintenance. However, the fact that a particular piece of equipment could cause severe harm to a patient does not mean it also poses high risk if its failure probability is low.
At an AAMI Foundation event in Boston on October 14, 2015, clinicians from Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina will discuss the impact on their facility of surveillance monitoring. The emerging technology from Sotera Wireless is being positioned as an alternative to traditional, condition-based patient monitoring.
Global Medical Imaging LLC (GMI) has been acquired by Jordan Industries International LLC, a private investment company based in Chicago. The deal will provide GMI with access to additional capital in order to continue its expansion through organic growth and acquisition. Based in Charlotte, NC, GMI specializes in new and refurbished diagnostic ultrasound and nuclear medicine equipment, as well as parts, service, training, and repair.
TriMedx has named JT Surgener as executive director of its international business. In his new role, Surgener will provide strategic direction for the company's international business, growing existing market share as well as preparing for entry into new markets.
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), a research university with a public academic medical center, acquired Toshiba’s Aquilion One Vision CT system to help improve its diagnostic capabilities for trauma, cardiac, stroke, and pediatric patients. The unit is the first 640-slice system in the state of Oregon.
SuperSonic Imagine has appointed Hermann Requardt, PhD, former chief executive officer of Siemens Healthcare, as chairman of its supervisory board. Requardt has been serving as an independent strategic advisor to the supervisory board since May 2015.
The Totoku CCL550i2 color diagnostic display by JVC Kenwood is now available from Quest International Inc, a supplier of medical imaging display technologies. Features include a 5 megapixel high-bright, color LED-backlit LCD; 21.3-inch color TFT IPS technology display panel; and 1000 cd/m² maximum luminance.
Siemens Healthcare announced that it has appointed David Pacitti as president of Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc and head of Siemens Healthcare’s North America Regional Organization, effective October 19, 2015. Pacitti will be responsible for leading the marketing, sales, service, and support functions for Siemens Healthcare in the United States.
Carestream Health, San Diego, Calif, is currently partnering with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to conduct ongoing clinical studies on its cone beam CT imaging system at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. The system now in development is intended to provide improved visualization of bone and soft tissue and capture weight-bearing images of knees, legs, and feet.
In advance of next month's forum on supportability of healthcare technology, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation is asking for feedback from HTM professionals to help set the agenda. Responses will be collected through Tuesday, October 13.
SonoDepot, an exclusive distributor and service provider of Alpinion ultrasound systems in Florida, Colorado and western North and South Carolina, has announced the release of the newest system in the E-Cube series, the E-Cube 15 EX.
The American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) has extended the deadline through October 31 for its Body of Knowledge survey, used to design the Certification in Clinical Engineering (CCE) exam. According to ACCE, participation from clinical engineers is critical to determining how the profession is practiced today.
The Oregon Biomedical Association is rolling out some changes for its October 9 conference, including a new CBET study group and Fellow membership to recognize sustained, outstanding service from its members.
AAMI announced the success of its AAMI/FDA Risk Management Summit, held September 29–30, 2015, in Herndon Va, which brought together more than 200 risk management experts, regulators, educators, and leaders in the medical device industry and healthcare delivery. Most presenters at the summit agreed that risk management needs to be embraced as a crucial component of product development and support in healthcare technology, and not viewed simply as a box to check to satisfy regulatory requirements.
On September 28, 2015, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert focused on preventing patient falls. According to the organization, since 2009 it has received 465 reports of patient falls with injuries; about 63% of those events resulted in death.
GE Healthcare announced the creation of a new business unit, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions (SHS), that will develop low-cost technologies and healthcare delivery solutions across multiple care settings. SHS will invest $300 million as part of a multiphase effort to develop a more robust affordable healthcare portfolio for customers and combine GE Healthcare’s operations in India, South Asia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.