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    ECRI Institute has released Automatch for Equipment, a new enhancement to its Alerts Tracker automated recall management solution. The feature is designed to automatically identify equipment models and supplies within a healthcare…
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Asserting its role as "a neutral organization that highly values its...'honest broker reputation,' " AAMI has submitted comments to the FDA concerning medical device repair and refurbishment in advance of the agency's June 3 deadline. The 18-page letter, followed by nearly 40 more pages of attachments, notes the dangers of silo-based thinking and advocates for consensus-based standards over regulation.
CMMS provider EQ2 will offer attendees at the upcoming AAMI conference multiple ways to learn about the company's HEMS system, including educational sessions, product demos, and a Sunday reception. The company recently became the only vendor to achieve IHE PCD interoperability testing at both the 2015 and 2016 IHE Connectathons.
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Ismael Cordero and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Me, are the winners of the AAMI Technology Management Council's HTM Week 2016 individual and group contests.
Representatives from Sotera Wireless will discuss the impact of continuous patient monitoring on improved healthcare outcomes at AAMI with a presentation by Rosemary Kennedy, chief nursing officer, and James Welch, executive vice president of product development. "Advances in Surveillance Monitoring: Improving Patient Safety Outcomes" will be held on June 6 at 7 AM.
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The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute has released a compendium of the executive summaries and recommendations from five other reports published by the Institute between 2010 and 2015. Transforming Health Care, as it's called, was recently announced at the 18th Annual Patient Safety Congress in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Knowledge earned from scientific discovery is how a discipline advances and matures, Larry Fennigkoh argues—and it is how the clinical engineering and entire HTM community can best defend itself against those who question its tremendous worth and value to healthcare.
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The FDA has approved the use of 3D-only screening mammography for the Siemens Healthineers Mammomat Inspiration with Tomosynthesis Option digital mammography system.
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Corona Regional Medical Center, a 238-bed, acute-care medical center based in Corona, Calif, is renovating its facilities with new Toshiba America Medical Systems CT and MR systems. The center selected the Vantage Titan 1.5T MR and the Aquilion Prime 160 and Aquilion Prime 4 CT systems to allow it to accommodate more patients in radiology and emergency department settings.
Royal Philips showcased its line of interventional cardiology products at the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions’ EuroPCR Annual Congress in Paris last week. The systems are being utilized to treat and detect coronary, peripheral, and structural heart diseases.
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Carestream is exhibiting its new Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity system at the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives’ annual meeting in San Francisco from June 9 to 12. The system, which uses cone-beam CT technology to capture weight-bearing images of the knees, legs, and feet, is currently pending FDA 510(k) clearance.
The Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator system from Boston Scientific recently garnered FDA approval. The system offers customized relief to patients with chronic pain via MultiWave Technology and enables the performance of full-body MRI in a 1.5T environment when certain conditions are met.
Medical malpractice payment reports, one of the metrics used to identify medical errors, dropped 28% between 2004 and 2014, according to new research published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Hospira has received FDA clearance for the LifeCare PCA 7.0 infusion system, the first PCA infusion pump to enable integration with the electronic medical record. The system also offers enhanced cybersecurity protections like hospital-configured device passwords to prevent unauthorized access.
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ECRI Institute has released Automatch for Equipment, a new enhancement to its Alerts Tracker automated recall management solution. The feature is designed to automatically identify equipment models and supplies within a healthcare facility's inventory that are impacted by an FDA alert or recall and notify designated department staff, reducing the need for manual inventory searches.
The failure of medical devices is a high-stakes issue, but unearthing the root cause when breakdowns occur can be difficult, particularly if multiple factors come into play. A recent list of key reasons for failure point to the need for comprehensive safety checks across the manufacturing, regulatory, and maintenance ecosystems.
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With its search for a new president and CEO well underway, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation has released a detailed description of qualities the organization is seeking for its next leader. Among the requirements? Being a "proven strategic thinker" and "servant leader."
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Nikkiso America Inc, the second largest producer of hemodialysis equipment globally, has announced the US launch of its DBB-06 hemodialysis system with a dialysis dose monitor, signaling the company's entrance into the American renal market. The DBB-06's features include ultrafiltration profiling, ultrapure dialysate, and patient blood pressure monitoring.
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The AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety has published a framework to assist hospitals in reducing the number of nonactionable alarms. Based on the capability maturity model developed by Carnegie Mellon University, the Clinical Alarm Capability Maturity Model outlines five levels of activities needed to achieve sustainable alarm management.
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A new independent clinical study conducted by Clinimark Laboratories has concluded that Nonin Medical's PureSAT finger pulse oximeter outperforms other FDA-cleared oximeter brands when it comes to capturing and reporting deteriorating patient conditions. Nonin reported the findings in a recently released white paper.
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French manufacturer EOS imaging has sold its 10th 2D/3D orthopedic imaging system to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Network, which will be installed at the Shriners’ Los Angeles location. The acquisition, which marks the 11th EOS system installed in the Shriners’ network since 2011, comes on the heels of an agreement the philanthropic society forged with EOS last year.