• The Way We Do the Things We Do

    A biomed's role is as much about managing people as equipment. The DiSC® model of human behavior identifies four primary emotions displayed in human interactions: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. By using…
  • 30 Years of Member Support: Florida Biomedical Society

    Founded 30 years ago, the Florida Biomedical Society offers members from its five regional chapters an opportunity to network with peers and take part in complimentary educational sessions from vendors.
  • The Second Coming of CT

    Concern about radiation overexposure for patients receiving CT scans still exists, but the modality is rebounding from this stigma. CT's reputation for superior speed and accuracy means the systems will remain a…
  • Crafting a Culture of Total Safety: Tejal Gandhi, National Patient Safety Foundation

    Last December, an expert panel commissioned by the National Patient Safety Foundation published a report enumerating eight recommendations to achieve what the authors call “total systems safety” across the healthcare enterprise. Tejal…
  • A Chance Encounter with Jerry Schauss, Indiana’s Biomed of the Year

    The Indiana Biomedical Society's Professional of the Year, Jerry Schauss, says that when it comes to biomed work, "I like the whole thing." His greatest on-the-job asset? A positive attitude.
According to a report from market analysis company Frost & Sullivan, hybrid imaging platforms represent a significant advancement for clinicians by presenting them with both anatomical and physiological images of patients' organs, tissues, and tumors in a single scan. Market analysts report that these platforms have widespread applications in cardiology, oncology, brain imaging, drug discovery and personalized medicine.
Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System
Carestream Health announced that HUS Medical Imaging Center in Finland is undertaking the first European clinical study of the new OnSight 3D Extremity System in pre- and post-operative cases. HUS serves a population of 1.5 million people in and around Helsinki. The clinical study is expected to yield valuable data for both HUS and Carestream regarding pre- and post-trauma studies involving new algorithms and advanced technology.
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will hold its 39th Annual Advanced Ultrasound Seminar: Ob/Gyn on February 18 - 20, 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The intensive 3-day seminar will be presented by leaders in the field of diagnostic ultrasound to illustrate the latest principles and techniques in ob/gyn ultrasound. Commercial exhibits will display the latest ultrasound equipment, supplies, and educational materials.
Toshiba Celesteion PET/CT system
A new cancer care center in Wisconsin recently installed the Celesteion PET/CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc to provide patients with more accurate PET/CT scans. The new Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology’s (FVHO) Health & Wellness Center, which opened in September 2015, will use the Celesteion PET/CT system to image and plan treatment for cancer patients, as well as open up a new service line in the future for orthopedic imaging.
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As a biomed, bringing your talent to a developing world hospital that is struggling for sound medical equipment can be an intensely satisfying experience. For those who are thinking about making a medical mission trip to the developing world for the first time, partnering with an organization that can help prepare supplies and contacts is key to a successful experience.
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A biomed's role is as much about managing people as equipment. The DiSC® model of human behavior identifies four primary emotions displayed in human interactions: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. By using this tool to better understand your coworkers' behavioral styles—and your own—you can achieve more effective communication, greater departmental productivity, and an enriched work/life balance.
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The history of healthcare technology management has two sides: “before the introduction of complex information technology to the point of care” and “after,” says Rick Schrenker. But no matter how the field evolves, at least one thing hasn't changed, or shouldn't. Only CE/HTM is equipped with the perspective and experience to ensure the safe application of technology at the point of care.
NorthStar Anesthesia, a national anesthesia provider, has acquired Continental Anesthesia, the largest multisystem anesthesia provider in the Chicago region, with 17 facilities. The agreement allows NorthStar to expand its presence in Illinois and increase its number of providers nationwide.
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston is the winner of ECRI Institute's 10th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award. The honor recognizes an outstanding initiative undertaken by an ECRI Institute member healthcare institution that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology. Texas Children's won for its alarm management initiative.
AAMI has released a new technical information report examining the role of green practices in medical device manufacturing and selection. AAMI TIR65:2015, Sustainability of Medical Devices—Elements of a Responsible Product Life Cycle, provides general guidance on what sustainable practices look like for relevant stakeholders, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and other healthcare technology professionals.
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Founded 30 years ago, the Florida Biomedical Society offers members from its five regional chapters an opportunity to network with peers and take part in complimentary educational sessions from vendors.
The California Medical Instrumentation Association held its annual educational conference January 29 in Fresno, Calif, welcoming 114 attendees. Speakers presented five day-long training sessions on a range of topics and several honors were announced, including recipients of the CMIA Professional of the Year Award and the Frank Yip Memorial Scholarship.
Carestream DRX Evolution Plus
Carestream Health announced that it earned the top rating in MD Buyline’s Market Intelligence report for its portable and room-based digital radiography (DR) systems in every quarter of 2015. Carestream’s DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray system, DRX-Evolution, DRX-Evolution Plus, and DRX-Ascend systems received high marks from healthcare providers for performance, reliability, installation, and service, according to MD Buyline.
Fujifilm SonoSite Inc announced that it received the CE mark and 510(k) clearance for its new portable ultrasound system, the SonoSite Edge II. Designed for emergency medicine and critical care applications, the Edge II has advanced transducer technology that provides improved imaging for rugged environments.
Philips Allura FD10
Stereotaxis announced that it has signed an agreement with Philips to facilitate development of a new interface between each company’s most advanced imaging systems for electrophysiology and interventional cardiology procedures. The new interface will enable interoperability of Stereotaxis’ Niobe ES remote magnetic navigation system with the latest version of Philips’ cardiovascular x-ray system, the Allura Xper FD10. This new interface is expected to be available in major global markets in 2016.
The Association for Medical Imaging (AHRA) and Toshiba America Medical Systems announced that seven healthcare providers have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual 2015 Putting Patients First grants, which will fund education and training programs to improve the patient experience and safety in diagnostic imaging.
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The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced that it has added the GE Healthcare Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System to the facility's spectrum of breast imaging capabilities.
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Concern about radiation overexposure for patients receiving CT scans still exists, but the modality is rebounding from this stigma. CT's reputation for superior speed and accuracy means the systems will remain a revenue-generator for hospitals and imaging centers—continuing to provide plenty of employment opportunities for the biomeds who keep them up and running.
The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for medical device manufacturers intended to clarify guidelines for medical device interoperability. The new document includes direction on the design and testing of interoperable devices, as well as recommendations for labeling that warns users that improper use could result in harm to patients.
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Last December, an expert panel commissioned by the National Patient Safety Foundation published a report enumerating eight recommendations to achieve what the authors call “total systems safety” across the healthcare enterprise. Tejal Gandhi, MD, president and chief executive officer of the NPSF, convened the panel and oversaw drafting of the report, "Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years After To Err Is Human." She recently spoke to 24x7 about healthcare's slow progress in the patient safety arena and creating a more holistic approach to patient well-being.