Change is an inevitable part of the healthcare industry, and of life. In both areas, the people who tend to be the happiest and most successful are those who demonstrate their resilience with an eagerness to innovate and willingness to adapt.
GE Healthcare announced that its low dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening option is cleared by the FDA for lung cancer screening, and can be used with most of the company's qualified 16-slice CT scanner systems.
Ascendian Healthcare, a national healthcare IT consultancy, partnered with Yuma Regional Medical Center to optimize the organization’s enterprise imaging information systems and operations for improved patient care and healthcare information technology.
SuperSonic Imagine, a company based in Aix-en-Provence, France, that specializes in ultrasound medical imaging, has announced the installation of its Aixplorer ultrasound system at the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in Rome, Italy. According to SuperSonic, the Aixplorer will be used in the hospital's Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology department, primarily for the assessment of chronic liver disease.
According to a market report from Kalorama Information, an industry intelligence provider, the world market for ultrasound systems will continue to grow until the year 2018, driven by technological advances in ultrasound that make it more affordable and portable.
Carestream Health announced that the Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus, its newest DRX digital imaging system, has software and hardware enhancements that help expedite complex medical imaging exams and support future advanced imaging applications.
Increasing concerns over infusion pump security and recent FDA security warnings could affect the competitive balance in the infusion pump market, says a report from research firm Kalorama Information.
The latest version of Eaton's Power Xpert 9395 uninterruptible power system delivers a unity power factor rated with 275 kilowatt (kW) modules at a power rating of 675-1100 kW/kVA, providing up to 10% more power with the same footprint while reducing the total cost of ownership.
The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard has been actively used worldwide for more than 25 years to define how medical instrumentation communicates on a network to transfer clinical information and digital diagnostic images. In this month's Networking, part 1 of a 2-part series, columnist Jeff Kabachinski reviews some of the main characteristics and concepts of the DICOM approach.
The last 2 years have brought encouraging signs of progress in the struggle for cybersecurity, says Anthony Catalano, a healthcare security management consultant for SecureState, a cybersecurity firm. Hospital leaders are increasingly recognizing the seriousness of the issue and making it a higher priority at their facilities. However, balancing long-term security concerns against day-to-day needs remains an ongoing challenge for many healthcare facilities.
According to the University of Michigan, patients in hospitals regularly complain about ambient noise from monitors, paging systems, wheelchairs, gurneys, and carts, which can prevent them from sleeping soundly. A pilot study at the university is testing sound panels designed to reduce that noise by at least 3 decibels.
According to a new market report from Transparency Market Research, the global patient monitoring equipment market was valued at more than $3 billion in 2014, and is projected to reach a value of $4.7 billion between 2015 and 2023. Factors such as increasing incidence of chronic diseases, growing awareness of applications for patient monitors, and increased spending by patients and governments are fueling the growth.
It’s human nature to be reactive, rather than proactive, but that tendency comes with a particularly high cost in the healthcare technology management field, says Stephen Grimes in this month's Soapbox. Without learning to adapt to change, HTM departments will find themselves, at best, increasingly irrelevant in the hospital landscape, or at worst, responsible for an unsafe environment, poor care, and costly implementations of technology.
AAMI has announced it wants to develop more resources for the healthcare community, and is inviting idea submissions for new products that could be developed as books, apps, videos, or online services for professionals in the medical device industry or healthcare technology management. The deadline for submissions is September 14.
Two Carestream DRX-Ascend systems, equipped with DRX-1C detectors for improved imaging workflow, were installed at an orthopedic practice in Cartersville, Ga, that performs imaging studies with multiple views for up to 70 patients a day. The ceiling-mounted tube of the DRX-Ascend system moves with little effort from the technologist and offers flexibility for cross table exams, stretcher patients, and weight-bearing feet exams.
SonoFast has retained Hatch Medical LLC, a medical device incubator and technology brokerage firm, to broker the license or sale of its dual-surface ultrasound-coupling hydrogel technology platform that eliminates the need for ultrasound gel.
Siemens has announced that its Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner offers several advantages for patients, including a larger, more powerful magnet, and higher quality, higher resolution images for interpretation.
Fujifilm’s new FDR D-Evo II flat panel digital x-ray detector, recently installed by East Texas Medical Center, allows for faster exams and image quality improvements while also reducing patient dose. It is suited to critical care imaging in busy emergency departments.
The FDA has cleared Samsung's GC85A digital radiography system, designed to provide fast, easy, and accurate diagnoses with good image quality and ease of control, enabling users more efficiency with streamlined operation.
Tru-D SmartUVC is showcasing its automated UV disinfection robot at HealthTrust's University Conference & Vendor Fair in Nashville, Tenn, August 17–19 and discussing how it fits into healthcare facilities' comprehensive infection prevention programs. The robot uses low-pressure mercury vapor lamps to deliver UVC energy that ensures disinfection.