Over the last 2 months, 24x7 readers took a break from their summer vacations to chime in on a number of important issues. Among the topics that most engaged readers were the challenges of CE-IT convergence, Stephen Grimes' recent article on the dangers of complacency in the HTM field, and GE's plans to partner with hospital C-suites.
AAMI will hold a virtual town hall meeting on September 17 to discuss the impact of a recent FCC ruling to open part of the wireless spectrum used for patient monitoring systems to unlicensed devices. The decision has generated concern in the healthcare community that potential interference could endanger patients.
Greatbatch has signed a $1.7 billion deal to acquire Lake Region Medical, a maker of products for the cardio, vascular, and advanced surgical markets. The agreement will create one of the largest medical device OEM suppliers in the world serving the cardiac, neuromodulation, vascular, orthopedic, and advanced surgical markets.
ECRI Institute has debuted a new robotic surgery planning service designed to help hospitals and health systems navigate the complexities of robotic surgery by providing evidence-based guidance, surgical caseload assessment, and unbiased purchasing recommendations.
According to a new study by Hexa Research, the global market for portable x-ray and CT scan devices is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth grate of 7.5% from 2013 to 2020. The demand for portable scanning devices will be driven by growing cases of accidents and health conditions among the aging population, necessitating orthopedic, cardiovascular, or brain-related investigations.
Hospira Inc, an Illinois-based provider of injectable drugs, safety-focused medication management systems and infusion technologies, announced the launch and first installation of its Plum 360 smart pump infusion system with Hospira MedNet for improved safety of drug delivery.
Change is an inevitable part of the healthcare industry, and of life. Last month, it came to 24x7 when John Bethune stepped down after more than 2 years at the magazine’s helm. Jenny Lower has replaced him as chief editor after previously serving as the magazine's associate editor and managing editor.
GE Healthcare announced that its low dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening option is cleared by the FDA for lung cancer screening, and can be used with most of the company's qualified 16-slice CT scanner systems.
Ascendian Healthcare, a national healthcare IT consultancy, partnered with Yuma Regional Medical Center to optimize the organization’s enterprise imaging information systems and operations for improved patient care and healthcare information technology.
SuperSonic Imagine, a company based in Aix-en-Provence, France, that specializes in ultrasound medical imaging, has announced the installation of its Aixplorer ultrasound system at the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in Rome, Italy. According to SuperSonic, the Aixplorer will be used in the hospital's Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology department, primarily for the assessment of chronic liver disease.
According to a market report from Kalorama Information, an industry intelligence provider, the world market for ultrasound systems will continue to grow until the year 2018, driven by technological advances in ultrasound that make it more affordable and portable.
Carestream Health announced that the Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus, its newest DRX digital imaging system, has software and hardware enhancements that help expedite complex medical imaging exams and support future advanced imaging applications.
Increasing concerns over infusion pump security and recent FDA security warnings could affect the competitive balance in the infusion pump market, says a report from research firm Kalorama Information.
The latest version of Eaton's Power Xpert 9395 uninterruptible power system delivers a unity power factor rated with 275 kilowatt (kW) modules at a power rating of 675-1100 kW/kVA, providing up to 10% more power with the same footprint while reducing the total cost of ownership.
The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard has been actively used worldwide for more than 25 years to define how medical instrumentation communicates on a network to transfer clinical information and digital diagnostic images. In this month's Networking, part 1 of a 2-part series, columnist Jeff Kabachinski reviews some of the main characteristics and concepts of the DICOM approach.
The last 2 years have brought encouraging signs of progress in the struggle for cybersecurity, says Anthony Catalano, a healthcare security management consultant for SecureState, a cybersecurity firm. Hospital leaders are increasingly recognizing the seriousness of the issue and making it a higher priority at their facilities. However, balancing long-term security concerns against day-to-day needs remains an ongoing challenge for many healthcare facilities.
According to the University of Michigan, patients in hospitals regularly complain about ambient noise from monitors, paging systems, wheelchairs, gurneys, and carts, which can prevent them from sleeping soundly. A pilot study at the university is testing sound panels designed to reduce that noise by at least 3 decibels.
According to a new market report from Transparency Market Research, the global patient monitoring equipment market was valued at more than $3 billion in 2014, and is projected to reach a value of $4.7 billion between 2015 and 2023. Factors such as increasing incidence of chronic diseases, growing awareness of applications for patient monitors, and increased spending by patients and governments are fueling the growth.
It’s human nature to be reactive, rather than proactive, but that tendency comes with a particularly high cost in the healthcare technology management field, says Stephen Grimes in this month's Soapbox. Without learning to adapt to change, HTM departments will find themselves, at best, increasingly irrelevant in the hospital landscape, or at worst, responsible for an unsafe environment, poor care, and costly implementations of technology.
AAMI has announced it wants to develop more resources for the healthcare community, and is inviting idea submissions for new products that could be developed as books, apps, videos, or online services for professionals in the medical device industry or healthcare technology management. The deadline for submissions is September 14.