ECRI Institute has released the SelectPlus Market Analytics tool, a mobile-friendly decision support tool designed for hospital supply chain teams. The system offers customizable views of medical technology marketplace data, including service contracts, market share, and price benchmarking.
MDII Compendium
A new 50-page compendium from AAMI authored by Luis Melendez includes tips to help hospitals map, execute, and support ongoing medical device integration initiatives.
Brian McAlpine, vice president of product management and marketing for Extension Healthcare, discusses how his company partners with hospitals to reduce alarms, manage clinical interruptions, and improve patient safety.
Although hospitals may overlook it, establishing an effective safety alerts and recall management system is a critical component of assuring patient safety. It should be a top priority for every facility.
Comments on the 24x7 website for the last two weeks have focused on preventive maintenance (PM) procedures and policies and the ins and outs of battery testing.
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While every organization or hospital has its own operating procedures and policies, there are five important areas biomedical technicians should familiarize themselves with to become competent healthcare professionals.
In a free April 14 webcast hosted by 24x7 and sponsored by GE Healthcare, speakers from leading hospital systems discussed how to prepare for the key market trends confronting clinical engineering departments. The webcast is available for on-demand viewing.
The AAMI Credentials Institute has launched a new certification program for HTM managers. The deadline to apply for the June 2015 testing window is April 25.
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CapsuleTech and Masimo are partnering to integrate Masimo SET Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry into the SmartLinx Vitals Plus patient monitoring system.
RTLS smart tag
Sonitor Technologies has debuted the SmartTag Mini RTLS tag, which provides hospitals with real-time location tracking for patients, staff, and small mobile equipment. About half the size of Sonitor's current smart tag, the SmartTag Mini instantaneously communicates a change in its position within 1 to 3 seconds over a facility’s Wi-Fi network.
Carestream's DRX Mobile Retrofit
St. Mary’s Hospital in Illinois announced that it recently upgraded two x-ray rooms and one mobile x-ray imaging system to wireless DR technology with Carestream's DRX-1 systems and DRX-Mobile Retrofit kits.
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Fujifilm has expanded its healthcare IT portfolio with the Synapse vendor neutral archive (VNA), which the company is presenting at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago.
Lexmark is launching its new healthcare banner, Lexmark Healthcare, at HIMSS15. Lexmark Healthcare comprises the healthcare software brands Lexmark has acquired, including Perceptive Software, Acuo, PACSGear, GNAX, and Claron Technology.
Konica Minolta is participating in the HIMSS conference in Chicago April 12-16, 2015, showcasing the Inofile Kno2 cloud-based solution for the exchange of protected health information.
Toshiba Aquilion PRIME
Toshiba is presenting its healthcare solutions for the first time at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago, including a range of medical imaging equipment and health IT products.
The new ConCert by HIMSS voluntary testing and certification program will provide an independent seal of approval to ensure that vendors meet the interoperability standards recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. HIMSS will be featuring the program at its annual conference, taking place this week in Chicago.
The Capsule SmartLinx medical device integration system from CapsuleTech is a vendor-neutral data management platform that integrates with other systems to inform clinical decisions. The system will soon be installed across seven facilities at Baptist Health in Louisville, Ky.
The Healthcare Technology Management Association of South Carolina (HTMA-SC) has finalized the agenda and speakers for its 1-day annual conference on May 1.
Patient safety 2015
ECRI Institute has published its second annual list of Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns, citing alarm configuration and patient violence among key challenges for healthcare organizations in 2015.
HTM Week Poster
AAMI's annual celebration known as HTM Week will take place May 17–23, 2015. Suggestions for local celebrations include holding an open house to educate colleagues about the role of HTM management.