AAMI announced the success of its AAMI/FDA Risk Management Summit, held September 29–30, 2015, in Herndon Va, which brought together more than 200 risk management experts, regulators, educators, and leaders in the medical device industry and healthcare delivery. Most presenters at the summit agreed that risk management needs to be embraced as a crucial component of product development and support in healthcare technology, and not viewed simply as a box to check to satisfy regulatory requirements.
On September 28, 2015, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert focused on preventing patient falls. According to the organization, since 2009 it has received 465 reports of patient falls with injuries; about 63% of those events resulted in death.
GE Healthcare announced the creation of a new business unit, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions (SHS), that will develop low-cost technologies and healthcare delivery solutions across multiple care settings. SHS will invest $300 million as part of a multiphase effort to develop a more robust affordable healthcare portfolio for customers and combine GE Healthcare’s operations in India, South Asia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
The Life2000 ventilation system from Breathe Technologies is designed for adult patients who require positive pressure ventilation delivered invasively or noninvasively. It is suitable for use in institutional and home settings and is intended to be administered by qualified, trained personnel under the direction of a physician.
The Rigel 288 Plus safety analyzer from Rigel Medical, Tampa, Fla, operates on AA batteries and can be used to complete testing for insulation, earth/ground bond, and touch or point-to-point leakage current. Its small footprint also makes it easier for field engineers to transport from from site to site.
Carestream Health is demonstrating its two new Touch Ultrasound systems with features that address current challenges in sonography at the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography conference and exhibit held October 1-4, 2015, in Dallas, Tex. The systems have all-touch control panels with improved image quality and frame rate.
EOS imaging, a 2D/3D orthopedic medical imaging company, announced that its EOS platform has been installed at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, making it the second hospital in Hong Kong to receive the EOS system. The hospital center, which performs pediatric orthopedic and spinal surgeries, now provides low-dose follow-up imaging.
Ziehm Imaging has announced a cooperative partnership with OrthoScan to help address the needs of their customers, effective immediately. To this end, Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of Ziehm Imaging Inc, has been appointed to be president and CEO of OrthoScan as well. OrthoScan hopes to grow through Ziehm's global network, and the two companies’ service activities will be bundled.
Samsung Medison, an affiliate medical equipment company of Samsung Electronics based in Seoul, Korea, has released the HM70A with Plus, a handheld portable ultrasound device upgraded from the original HM70A system.
ACIST Medical Systems Inc, an interventional and diagnostic technology company, has announced that its HDi high-definition intravascular ultrasound system has been used in the first patient case for an interventional cardiology procedure. The procedure was performed by Paul Teirstein, MD, at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif.
As hospitals are increasingly charged with treating sicker patient populations, patient deterioration often goes unrecognized. Surveillance monitoring, the practice of monitoring patients who have not been identified as being at specific risk, can help increase safety, enhance quality of care, and improve hospital workflow.
A new brochure highlighting the positive impact of medical equipment refurbishment on the economy, the environment, and patients is now available for free download. The publication was prepared by the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT and Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA), an international organization representing associations and companies in the diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, healthcare IT, electromedical, and radiopharmaceutical spaces.
VisuFlow, a new healthcare mapping tool recently introduced by the Innovation Institute, is compatible with Microsoft Visio flow chart and diagram software. The application is designed to produce simple, graphical representations of complex healthcare processes that help improve hospital workflow.
The AAMI Foundation announced it will hold a free webinar, titled “Alarm Safety Update: Are You Ready?” on October 5, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (ET) to help hospitals and professionals involved in alarm management understand and meet new alarm safety requirements.
Acertara Acoustic Laboratories, an independent ISO 17025-accredited medical ultrasound acoustic measurement, testing, and calibration laboratory, has reached its 900th submission for 510(k) clearance. In addition to ultrasound probe repair and testing equipment, the company provides engineering, regulatory, and testing services for original equipment manufacturers undergoing the 510(k) submission process.
An easy-to-use computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) can enhance efficiency in your department by streamlining paperwork and tracking preventive maintenance. But selecting the best fit for your facility can prove challenging. Here are some handy tips for navigating the sea of options.
The FBI has issued a public service announcement warning that increasing reliance on web-based technologies is creating new opportunities for cyber attacks, and these threats apply to a range of medical and other devices—essentially any component or system that “connects to the Internet to automatically send and/or receive data.”
Fujifilm SonoSite announced that it received the CE mark for iViz, its mobile ultrasound solution. The iViz is a new platform with mobility and flexibility to allow clinical users in hospital settings or clinics in remote villages the ability to perform ultrasound anywhere with secure connectivity to cloud services for sharing studies with remote providers for near-time assessments.
Siemens Healthcare has announced that the FDA recently cleared the Mammomat Fusion, the company's latest addition to its line of full-field digital mammography systems that addresses the specific needs of volume screening centers and small to medium-sized hospitals.
Samsung NeuroLogica awarded a group purchasing agreement for general radiography, computed tomography, and ultrasound to Premier Inc, a healthcare improvement company, effective October 1, 2015. The agreement allows Premier members to receive special pricing and terms for digital radiography, CT, and ultrasound products.