• Rayence Universal Digital Radiography System Offers Compact Design

    Rayence Inc recently announced that its RU-3000 universal digital radiography system received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The unit is the first U-arm system to be marketed by Rayence in the United…
  • AAMI Preview: A Hidden Key to Biomed Success? The Art of Empathy

    In a June 7 presentation at AAMI, Barbara Christe will explore the importance to biomeds of demonstrating professional empathy, and provide a tool to help quantify this intangible but critical element in…
  • Communication and Customer Service

    The way that you resolve issues or answer questions can significantly influence how others perceive you, your clinical engineering department, or your company. The key to having a positive impact is to…
  • Laws of Physics and Hospital Applications

    In this installment of ICC Prep, John Noblitt explains the inverse square law, one of many laws of physics which may be applied to medical instrumentation. The inverse square law can be…
  • Show Preview: AAMI 2015

    The annual AAMI Conference and Expo provides the field of healthcare technology management with its best opportunity for education and networking. This year’s gathering at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver…
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AAMI has posted the winners of its annual awards to leaders and innovators in the HTM field. The honorees will receive their recognition at the Conference & Expo in Denver, June 5–8.
An emergency can arrive at any time. The biomedical department's role in effective preparedness? Ensure that the equipment its clinicians will need is tracked, maintained, and easily accessible when disaster strikes.
Abbe Meehan, president of the TEC Resource Center, will offer a range of sessions at AAMI 2015 to help biomeds learn to communicate effectively with each other, external customers, and their employees.
RaySafe i2
The RaySafe i2 dosimetry system from Unfors RaySafe provides medical professionals with immediate visual radiation exposure information to help them change behavior and reduce dose to prevent serious medical conditions.
A new report from Transparency Market Research projects that the medical device connectivity market will grow from $3.5 billion in 2012 to $33.5 billion by 2019, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.8%. The report attributes the growth to the improvements in workflow and patient care arising from use of electronic medical records.
Block Imaging has debuted a new online training center with courses designed to help biomeds develop their professional skills. The first course, Radiation Safety Training 101, covers best practices to protect personnel from exposure to harmful radiation levels.
The process of acquiring replacement parts can be frustrating and slow. To help expedite the process, AAMI's Supportability Task Force has developed a checklist that will be the subject of a June 7 session at AAMI's annual conference in June.
IEEE Building Code for Medical Device Software Security
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has announced the publication of "Building Code for Medical Device Software Security,” a set of security requirements designed to help OEMs reduce software vulnerabilities in medical devices at the point of origin.
Viztek Basic U-Arm
Viztek, a provider of digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, announced the availability of its Basic U-Arm, a new digital x-ray system that combines the benefits of a U-arm system with affordable cost.
A new study found that making minor adjustments to MRI procedures allowed two facilities to diagnose stroke patients within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, in accordance with national guidelines. Research has shown that early treatment for stroke is associated with better outcomes.
Rayence RU-3000 digital radiography
Rayence Inc recently announced that its RU-3000 universal digital radiography system received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The unit is the first U-arm system to be marketed by Rayence in the United States.
Responding to complaints from physicians, a bipartisan working group headed by Senate health committee leaders is working to improve the usability of electronic health records. The group will involve participation from health professionals, health information technology developers, relevant government agencies, and other experts specializing in health information technology.
Clear Guide ONE
Clear Guide Medical announced that it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the US Army Institute of Surgical Research to test the physician performance enhancements possible when using the Clear Guide One and the VisiTIP needles.
Empathy
In a June 7 presentation at AAMI, Barbara Christe will explore the importance to biomeds of demonstrating professional empathy, and provide a tool to help quantify this intangible but critical element in job success.
In a June 7 session, HTM veterans Stephen Grimes, Malcolm Ridgway, and Arif Subhan will discuss how to comply with new CMS requirements for equipment maintenance and how the community can build a case for changing those rules.
The FDA has posted a safety alert concerning a security loophole in Hospira’s LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 infusion pump systems. The vulnerability could allow a third party to access the pump remotely and modify the programmed dosage, leading to over- or under-infusion of therapeutic drugs.
The Washington State Biomedical Association's membership has grown substantially during the last 3 to 5 years despite the state's expansive geography, which makes reaching members in remote regions challenging. Better management, enhanced advertising efforts, high-quality educational seminars and symposiums, and more support from third-party companies account for the bump in membership, leaders say.
Communication
The way that you resolve issues or answer questions can significantly influence how others perceive you, your clinical engineering department, or your company. The key to having a positive impact is to understand and put into action the basic principles of customer service.
Figure 1: Ethernet Flowchart
Ethernet is the most widespread communication method for local area networks, and fundamental to the OSI model. In the first of two articles, Jeff Kabachinski explains how Ethernet manages network packets.
Binseng Wang
Binseng Wang reflects on the continuing debate over the "right" name for the HTM/CE/BMET profession. In the end, he says, the name chosen matters less than just choosing one name and sticking with it.