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Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey have expanded their coverage to include the ExAblate procedure, a noninvasive therapy from Insightec to reduce pain for patients with bone metastases.
MessageSolution software
MessageSolution, an enterprise-class archiving and ediscovery company, recently showcased its MessageSolution medical image archive and vendor neutral archive solution at the HIMSS 2015 annual conference. The mobile-friendly system allows users to view archived medical image studies seamlessly from SharePoint or an electronic medical record.
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In its report for the first quarter of 2015, MD Buyline recognized Carestream as the top vendor for portable DR systems. The company also tied with Siemens as the top vendor for fixed, in-room radiographic systems.
Clear Guide Medical's ultrasound tool
Clear Guide Medical has received a 2-year SBIR Phase II research award of $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to simplify ultrasound-guided procedures for a wider range of specialists.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.