The University of Pennsylvania Health System has undergone a 3-week pilot program to test wearable patient monitors in the medical surgical cancer unit. The program is intended as a "proof of concept" to determine whether the FDA-approved hospital devices would be useful to patients and clinicians.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed a roadmap for creation of a new national health IT center that would promote a “culture of safety throughout healthcare" and establish “a national learning system that enables health IT and its users to generate better and safer patient care outcomes.” Although the report doesn't say it, there is a central role for healthcare technology management professionals to play in promoting such a culture.
Audra Poe, director, TriMedx
TriMedx Foundation, a nonprofit medical mission focused on addressing the international need for medical equipment repair and support, has named Audra Poe as its new director. In this role, Poe will lead the foundation team and volunteers.
Stephen Grimes, a nationally recognized expert and speaker on healthcare technology management issues, has joined 24×7's editorial board. Currently a managing partner and principal consultant with Strategic Healthcare Technology Associates LLC, Grimes has shared his insights on the HTM field in several articles for 24×7.
The Putting Patients First program from AHRA and Toshiba provides grants to help fund healthcare facilities with critical resources aimed at enhancing patient safety and care. The program celebrates its eighth anniversary this year.
Canon USA Inc and Virtual Imaging Inc recently showcased a lineup of digital radiography solutions at the 2015 American Healthcare Radiology Administrators Exposition in Las Vegas July 20–22, including an overhead radiographic system designed to help imaging departments accelerate exams and mobile systems that streamline workflows.
Fujifilm FDR D-EVO II Detector
Fujifilm’s D-Evo II digital x-ray detectors, recently on display at the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators conference in Las Vegas, are designed to provide high levels of performance and safe, gentle imaging for patients in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and critical care settings.
Konica Minolta AeroDR
Konica Minolta's AeroDR wireless flat panel detector has achieved compliance with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2, a US government security standard that is required by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities for all wireless communications.
Carestream DRX Excel Plus
Carestream has expanded its radiography offerings to include fluoroscopy, with two systems designed to deliver high-quality, cost-effective imaging. The DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus are said to enhance workflow and perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking comments on a draft guide that would help healthcare providers make mobile devices more secure to protect patient data. "Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices" is available for public comment through September 25, 2015.
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has expanded its use of the LiveData PeriOp Manager tool, deploying LiveData OR-Schedule Board throughout its operating rooms to improve patient safety. The OR-Schedule Board module provides a large-screen view of the day's surgical caseload alongside real-time status of all rooms in the OR suite with case milestone indications and alerts.
A new bedside data acquisition system developed for infant monitoring by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University will be commercialized by a recently formed startup company, MediCollector LLC, the institute has announced.
Current electronic health records are perpetuating data silos instead of meeting the interoperability needs of their end users, a new market report from Chilmark Research has found. Open application programming interfaces (APIs) are key to enabling ongoing development efforts and furthering the cause of interoperability, the report argues.
TSO3 has announced that it has received the first purchase orders from the United States for its Sterizone sterilization system. With a 75-pound load capacity and a short cycle time, the Sterizone VP4 Sterilizer is designed to increase throughput and lower sterilization cost.
US News & World Report has issued its 2015–2016 rankings for the best hospitals across 16 specialties, including more than 5,000 medical facilities from around the world. Massachusetts General took first place on the newspaper's Honor Roll, a list of 15 US hospitals that ranked at or near the top among six or more specialty areas.
Health IT Safety Center Roadmap
According to a report from the Office of the National Coordinator, plans are being laid for a national Health IT Safety Center to improve the growing use of information technology in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The estimated cost of establishing such a center is $17.8 million to $20.6 million over 5 years.
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An April 24, 2015 FDA Warning Letter to a replacement battery supplier has raised questions about replacement manufacturer responsibilities and possibly battery quality. The manufacturer that received the letter specifically labels its batteries for medical device use.
With hospital-acquired infections on the rise, infection control is a top concern for many facilities. But given all the challenges currently facing HTM departments—including strapped budgets, reduced head counts, and increased workloads—where do biomeds fit into the picture?
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Under the terms of a new agreement, Prime Healthcare will acquire from Agfa HealthCare a minimum of 50 mobile DR systems over a 60-month period to serve its 34 hospitals in 11 states.
SonoSim has released the SonoSim 2G, its next-generation software package. Using the system, medical care providers can now perform virtual echocardiographic and vascular Doppler studies, fetal biometric assessments, and ultrasound-guided procedures using their own personal computers.