NorthStar Anesthesia, a national anesthesia provider, has acquired Continental Anesthesia, the largest multisystem anesthesia provider in the Chicago region, with 17 facilities. The agreement allows NorthStar to expand its presence in Illinois and increase its number of providers nationwide.
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston is the winner of ECRI Institute's 10th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award. The honor recognizes an outstanding initiative undertaken by an ECRI Institute member healthcare institution that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology. Texas Children's won for its alarm management initiative.
AAMI has released a new technical information report examining the role of green practices in medical device manufacturing and selection. AAMI TIR65:2015, Sustainability of Medical Devices—Elements of a Responsible Product Life Cycle, provides general guidance on what sustainable practices look like for relevant stakeholders, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and other healthcare technology professionals.
Founded 30 years ago, the Florida Biomedical Society offers members from its five regional chapters an opportunity to network with peers and take part in complimentary educational sessions from vendors.
The California Medical Instrumentation Association held its annual educational conference January 29 in Fresno, Calif, welcoming 114 attendees. Speakers presented five day-long training sessions on a range of topics and several honors were announced, including recipients of the CMIA Professional of the Year Award and the Frank Yip Memorial Scholarship.
Carestream Health announced that it earned the top rating in MD Buyline’s Market Intelligence report for its portable and room-based digital radiography (DR) systems in every quarter of 2015. Carestream’s DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray system, DRX-Evolution, DRX-Evolution Plus, and DRX-Ascend systems received high marks from healthcare providers for performance, reliability, installation, and service, according to MD Buyline.
Fujifilm SonoSite Inc announced that it received the CE mark and 510(k) clearance for its new portable ultrasound system, the SonoSite Edge II. Designed for emergency medicine and critical care applications, the Edge II has advanced transducer technology that provides improved imaging for rugged environments.
Stereotaxis announced that it has signed an agreement with Philips to facilitate development of a new interface between each company’s most advanced imaging systems for electrophysiology and interventional cardiology procedures. The new interface will enable interoperability of Stereotaxis’ Niobe ES remote magnetic navigation system with the latest version of Philips’ cardiovascular x-ray system, the Allura Xper FD10. This new interface is expected to be available in major global markets in 2016.
The Association for Medical Imaging (AHRA) and Toshiba America Medical Systems announced that seven healthcare providers have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual 2015 Putting Patients First grants, which will fund education and training programs to improve the patient experience and safety in diagnostic imaging.
The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced that it has added the GE Healthcare Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System to the facility's spectrum of breast imaging capabilities.
Concern about radiation overexposure for patients receiving CT scans still exists, but the modality is rebounding from this stigma. CT's reputation for superior speed and accuracy means the systems will remain a revenue-generator for hospitals and imaging centers—continuing to provide plenty of employment opportunities for the biomeds who keep them up and running.
The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for medical device manufacturers intended to clarify guidelines for medical device interoperability. The new document includes direction on the design and testing of interoperable devices, as well as recommendations for labeling that warns users that improper use could result in harm to patients.
Last December, an expert panel commissioned by the National Patient Safety Foundation published a report enumerating eight recommendations to achieve what the authors call “total systems safety” across the healthcare enterprise. Tejal Gandhi, MD, president and chief executive officer of the NPSF, convened the panel and oversaw drafting of the report, "Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years After To Err Is Human." She recently spoke to 24x7 about healthcare's slow progress in the patient safety arena and creating a more holistic approach to patient well-being.
BC Biomedical offers two electrical leakage testers to assist in meeting the new Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Standards and Guidelines for Adult Echocardiography Accreditation concerning TEE probes, effective December 31, 2015. The ULT-2010 and ULT-2020 each measure the conductivity of the cleaning medium and the leakage current of the ultrasound transducer.
PriceGuide 5.0, the latest edition of ECRI Institute's pricing tool, helps members identify cost-saving opportunities across their supply inventory. The platform includes a dashboard that allows hospitals to gauge the competitiveness of their pricing compared with other facilities.
A task force created by the North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Hospital Emergency Management Council is encouraging the state's hospitals to adopt straight-forward language to communicate emergency announcements by the end of 2016. Use of color-coded language that varies among hospitals has caused confusion for workers who travel to multiple locations.
Sotera Wireless has announced that it has collected more than 1 million hours of patient vital signs data, thereby achieving the most comprehensive data set compiled from a wearable monitor for medical-surgical hospital patients. The de-identified vital sign data, collected from more than 35,000 patients monitored by the ViSi mobile system and stored in a cloud-computing database, has been used to improve alarm management in hospitals.
AAMI has announced that it is accepting nominations for its annual awards and scholarships programs. Approximately $30,000 will be awarded to healthcare technology leaders, innovators, and students during a special ceremony at the AAMI 2016 Conference & Expo, held June 3–6 in Tampa, Fla. Award nominations and scholarship applications are due by February 15, 2016.
As a 26-year-old biomed who entered healthcare technology management within the last few years, Hunter Harren has seen first-hand the aging workforce and the huge gap between generations of biomeds. Young technicians must find a way to break out of their bubble of isolation and work side by side with their more experienced counterparts, he says. At the same time, the field must come up with new ways of drawing in young recruits.
Siemens Healthcare announced that the FDA cleared its Magnetom Amira 1.5 T MRI system, which has fast exam times and "Eco-Power" technology to enable power savings in standby mode. The technologies in the Magnetom Amira system can help lower operating costs while meeting the requirements of small and medium-sized hospitals as well as larger facilities.