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The repair and maintenance of medical lasers can play a significant role in a typical biomedical technician’s duties. But vague regulatory guidelines are causing confusion about who is qualified to maintain the equipment and which procedures should be followed.
ECRI has announced that it is accepting entries for next year's Health Devices Achievement Award. The honor is presented annually to an ECRI Institute member institution that has demonstrated an outstanding initiative that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology.
The Oregon Biomedical Association has elected David Gillaspie and Bartley Onoday as vice president and treasurer, respectively. They join current board members Keith Waters, president, and Michael O’Brien, secretary.
The AAMI Foundation and the GE Foundation have announced they will begin working to improve the scalability and efficiency of BMET training programs throughout the developing world.
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The governor of Pennsylvania has recognized Trisonics, an ultrasound service and replacement parts provider, with a Small Business ImPAct Award for contributing to jobs growth and retention throughout the state.
Fluke Biomedical has launched a free online training center that includes introductory and advanced courses on preventive maintenance and quality assurance for biomedical and diagnostic imaging equipment.
In this response to Carl Jones' 24x7 article, "Five Things That Every Hospital Professional Should Know," Rick Schrenker asks whether acceptance of increasing networking problems is an appropriate strategy or, instead, a normalization of deviance.
SuperSonic Imagine Aixplorer
At the recent gathering of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) in Orlando, Fla, clinicians from around the world participated in hands-on workshops to highlight the Aixplorer ultrasound system from SuperSonic Imagine.
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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.
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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
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.