For the first time, 24x7’s annual survey of job satisfaction and compensation queried respondents about their timeline for retirement in an effort to gauge the impending impact of the Boomer exodus from the workforce. The data confirmed what many in HTM already know intuitively to be true: Starting in about 5 years, the field will see a major wave of retirement lasting about a decade, although we’re already on the edge of the upswing.
Toshiba America Medical Systems has launched a comprehensive system and service management solution designed to maximize imaging system uptime and improve productivity. Known as 360° Reliance, one of the solution's key features is 360° Connect, a customer portal that makes it easier to access system information, track preventative maintenance, submit service requests, manage reports electronically, and navigate the audit process.
Bioquell announced that a hospital in England has used its superbug-killing technology to reduce infections of norovirus, an extremely contagious pathogen, by 91%. The hospital reportedly implemented a multidimensional quality improvement initiative incorporating the company's automated room disinfection technology and better training for hospital staff to curtail infections.
As part of its ongoing educational series, the American College of Clinical Engineering will hold a number of webinars devoted to helping CE professionals meet professional challenges. Upcoming sessions will cover "Continuing Education & Succession Planning in HTM," "Medical Equipment Planning for Healthcare Construction," and a Joint Commission update.
ECRI Institute has introduced a solutions kit for its top 10 health technology hazards for 2016, which includes an overview of each topic on the list and recommendations for reducing risk to patients. In addition, the organization has released an executive brief version of the report, which is available for free download on ECRI's website.
BC Biomedical, part of BC Group International, has announced the launch of the ConMed PM kit, a complete set of accessories needed to safely perform preventative maintenance procedures for the ConMed system 2450 and system 5000 electrosurgical unit generators.
The AAMI Foundation has scheduled a free webinar for Friday, December 4, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (EST) on “Creating a Culture of Safety in Home Mechanical Ventilation," which will review different types of home ventilator circuits and how the circuit can affect patient safety.
GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis, will highlight the Vivid E95 4D and E90 2D ultrasound systems with cSound software at RSNA 2015. These new cardiovascular ultrasound systems are developed to help physicians effectively diagnose conditions in patients while potentially reducing additional tests often required in evaluating heart conditions, such as heart failure.
Royal Philips announced that Lumify, its smart device ultrasound solution, is available for purchase by licensed healthcare providers or organizations in the US, and is offered as part of a new digital subscription model. From the Philips online portal, users can order transducers, manage flexible subscriptions, and access Philips' support, training, and IT services.
Konica Minolta will introduce Version 2.0 of its handheld ultrasound system, Sonimage HS1, at RSNA 2015. The system's improved imaging quality includes greater differentiation for viewing subtle variations in the far field of the image, and increased sensitivity to simple needle visualizations to enable safer and more efficient procedures.
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, Calif, will display at RSNA 2015 the Xario 100, described as a simpler ultrasound system, and the newest addition to its line of ultrasound products. Intended as a cost-effective solution to improving patient care, the Xario 100 is small, versatile, and easy-to-use, with a 19-inch LCD monitor and the same advanced imaging technologies found in the company’s high-end ultrasound units.
Acertara Acoustic Laboratories has announced that CEO G. Wayne Moore was named as the new chair for the Ultrasound Technical Committee of the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance (MITA), the medical device division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). MITA develops standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment. Its membership is comprised of original equipment manufacturers that make up 90% of the market.
The Joint Commission has released its annual report summarizing data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014. This year, 31.5% of accredited facilities qualified as a Top Performer, indicating excellent performance on accountability measures for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.
EarlySense, a contact-free, health sensing and analytics company, and Herman Miller-Nemschoff, a healthcare furniture company, have announced their comarketing partnership to produce Herman Miller chairs that are preenabled to accept EarlySense contact-free sensor-based monitoring. Once enabled, the chairs allow caregivers the ability to monitor a patient's heart and respiratory rates, status in the chair (in or out), and motion.
To help hospitals meet The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms, the AAMI Foundation has released a toolkit, the Clinical Alarm Management Compendium, offering knowledge, experience, and advice from leading practitioners.
According to a white paper published by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), cybersecurity best practices and standards by manufacturers and healthcare providers offer the clearest line of defense against cyber attacks. Manufacturers, installers, service staff, and healthcare providers must work together to advance cybersecurity measures, particularly as the Internet of Things advances towards greater interoperability and data exchange.
What's the best way to handle the follow-up after a repair, or pin down a hard-to-reach vendor? For a long time, paper repair tickets, phone calls, and voicemails sufficed, but in today's fast-paced culture, we often struggle to reach our customers. Increasingly, the solution to efficient, effective communication lies in direct messaging.
Agfa Healthcare announced that it will introduce its fully automated DR 600 multi-detector, high-productivity, high-throughput direct radiography (DR) solution at RSNA 2015, being held from November 29 to December 4 in Chicago. With new features and ZeroForce Technology, the DR 600 system offers speed, precision, and comfort, according to the company.
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation and Toshiba America Medical Systems have awarded Memorial Hospital of Converse County and Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center its inaugural Safety First grants to improve technologist safety during diagnostic imaging procedures. Launched earlier this year, the program awards two ASRT members up to $7,000 each for the implementation of a radiologic technology safety program or idea that creates a safer work environment.
Konica Minolta will feature its new digital radiology solution, the AeroDR LT, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to be held November 29 to December 4 in Chicago. The AeroDR LT provides radiologists with the capabilities of the AeroDR XE in a lower weight version to deliver primary imaging at the point-of-care.