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.
GE Healthcare announced that it will showcase the Voluson E10 with HDlive technology, the company’s newest and most advanced Voluson ultrasound system to date. Featuring the "world's first" curved matrix electronic 4D probe designed specifically for ob/gyn, the system is said to give healthcare providers four times the ultrasound pathways for improved clarity and 2D and 3D/4D images with increased penetration.
Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc announced that it received FDA clearance to market two new CT imaging models within its Scenaria platform, the new Scenaria SE 64 and the SE 128. The Scenaria SE models have new workflow-speed and ease-of-use capabilities to facilitate higher daily scanning volumes.
AAMI University has announced that it is hosting a webinar, "RTLS: Tracking Assets and Beyond," that will illustrate the strategic role healthcare technology management professionals have in evaluating, selecting, implementing, and maintaining real-time location systems. The webinar will be held December 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST).
Rigel Medical has released its Uni-Sim Lite, a compact and versatile simulator capable of verifying the performance and accuracy of patient vital signs monitors. The new handheld, battery-powered unit was designed to carry out the most common simulations and checks, performing NIBP, SpO2, ECG waveforms, temperature, respiration, and invasive blood pressure tests simultaneously.
DebMed has announced the results of its 4th annual survey on facilities' data collection concerning healthcare hand hygiene compliance. Results gathered from more than 850 healthcare professionals throughout North America show that most respondents believe existing methods of monitoring compliance are insufficient. But while electronic hand hygiene monitoring is known to improve hand hygiene compliance, budget pressures and other healthcare priorities have prevented the widespread adoption of these technologies.
As large numbers of HTM professionals retire over the next decade, there will be new openings for younger biomeds to move into management. But these days, making that shift requires more than just being a good technician and shop leader. You now need to start planning your advancement as soon as you start in your current position—or even before.
BC Group International has released its newest model of safety analyzer, the SA-2500, which was created to fill the need for a more capable and user friendly safety analyzer with separate AC and DC measurements. The SA-2500 analyzer is a portable, durable instrument with advanced testing capabilities.
The AAMI Foundation announced that it is hosting a series of free patient safety webinars that will illustrate the benefits of expanding continuous electronic monitoring to all patients receiving parenteral opioids in general care settings. The series will identify strategies hospitals can use to overcome barriers to implementation, as well as develop the business case for continuous patient monitoring. Benefits include decreased lengths of stay, a reduction in intensive care unit transfers, and improved patient outcomes.
Tripp Lite has expanded its line of UL 1363A-compliant medical-grade power strips approved for use in patient-care vicinities with the new PS615HG20AOEM. The medical-grade power strip is approved for use in operating rooms, patient-care areas, therapy rooms, imaging environments, and administrative areas.
DRE, a provider of new and refurbished medical equipment based in Louisville, Ky, has been acquired by Jordan Industries International, the same Chicago-based private investment company that recently purchased GMI. The firm intends to expand its medical equipment supplier portfolio in order to pursue cross-selling opportunities among the group of companies.
AAMI President and CEO Mary Logan has announced that she plans to retire at the end of 2016. Under her leadership, the association has pursued aggressive patient safety initiatives, collaborated with the US Food and Drug Administration on a series of health technology summits, expanded educational and professional resources for members, and overhauled its annual conference.
The Joint Commission's deadline for implementing Phase II of the National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarm management is approaching January 1, 2016. In this month's Soapbox, Clarice Balconi-Lamica of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center shares how her facility assembled a core decision-making team to tackle the issue.