It’s a career more than four decades young, and one that will most likely impact the role HTM managers play in the future. Matthew (Matt) F. Baretich, PE, PhD, is a man on a mission for truth, with the aim of creating a safer world.
Kamlesh “DJ” Patel is an HTM professional with a secret on the side. In this installment of “Heroes of HTM,” learn how Patel—a star BMET III at the N.J.-based Deborah Heart and Lung Center—is a team player with an unconventional side gig—and a passionate focus on patient care.
For the first time, 24x7’s annual survey of job satisfaction and compensation queried respondents about their timeline for retirement in an effort to gauge the impending impact of the Boomer exodus from the workforce. The data confirmed what many in HTM already know intuitively to be true: Starting in about 5 years, the field will see a major wave of retirement lasting about a decade, although we’re already on the edge of the upswing.
When Jeffrey Ruiz, technology manager for a large hospital in western Michigan, discovered that finding BMETs to fill openings in the clinical engineering department was being hampered by a lack of educational opportunities in the community, he decided to see what he could do to help fix the problem.
Every year, chief editor Keri Forsythe-Stephens gets numerous emails inquiring about 24x7 Magazine's ever-popular job compensation and salary survey, with readers asking whether their salaries are on par with their peers. Well, the results are in—as are readers' comments about the HTM field.
In the past, the job description of a hospital-based biomed or clinical engineer was very clear, maintains biomedical expert Patrick Lynch: Any patient equipment housed outside of the wall was in HTM's care. Today, however, the lines are much blurrier, Lynch says.
In this article, Greg Joyner, director of biomedical engineering at Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, discusses the challenges of working in a high-stress pediatric environment and reveals how his team is collaborating with IT to improve the delivery of care.