Biomed News - August 2013

August 01, 2013

H&HN Names Most Wired Hospitals in the US for 2013

The Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (H&HN) recently released the list of healthcare facilities that are most “wired” in the US. According to the magazine, healthcare facilities in the country are making great effort of improving interoperability of medical devices into hospital networks, integrating it to the institutions’ workflow and medication management.

H&HN article said that more than 250 hospitals and healthcare systems deserve to be in the list. First timers in the list include UCLA Health Systems and Children’s Hospital Colorado. The article noted that 100 percent of the most wired hospitals can generate real-time drug interaction alerts, from 58 percent count in 2007.

The cover story pointed out that factors like federal regulation and delivery system information are driving the hospitals to integrate information technology operations and strategies into their systems. "IT is the infrastructure that enables all clinical and business units to translate data into information and to utilize that information as knowledge for improvement in the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. IT provides the tools to collect and normalize data across owned affiliates and independent clinical partners," Memorial Medical Center Senior VP David Graham said in the article.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ASATT Now Accepting Participants for Education Conference

The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is now accepting participants for its upcoming Education Conference. The conference will be held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on August 8 – 10.

For more information on registration fees and conference details, visit http://www.asatt.org.

NTBA to Hold Association Meeting

The North Texas Biomedical Association will be having its meeting on August 12 at 6PM. The gathering will be held at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Moore Auditorium. Presentation details will be announced soon.

Learn more about the upcoming NTBA meeting at http://www.ntba.org.

BAAMI Opens Biomed of the Year Award Nominees

The Bay Area Association of Medical Instrumentation (BAAMI) announces that the group is already accepting nominees for the BAAMI Biomed of the Year Award. The nominee should be an active BAAMI member, have attended at least four BAAMI meetings and should have shown dedication, achievement and excellence in healthcare technology management.

The winner will represent the organization for the FBS BMET of the Year in the upcoming FBS Symposium in October. Submission of nominees is until August 15. Learn more about the nomination process at http://www.baami.com.

BAW Sets New Date for Golf Outing

The Biomedical Associations of Wisconsin (BAW) sets September 6 as the new date for its golf tournament. Free dinner will be served at the end of the event. The proceeds from the tournament registration will go to the association’s scholarship fund.

For inquiries and clarifications regarding the new golf outing tournament, visit http://www.baw.org.

CABMET Gears up for Symposium

The Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET) will be holding a two-day symposium on August 16 – 17 at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Keynote will be delivered by Yadin David of Biomedical Engineering Consultants, LLC.

The event will also include poker and golf tournament. For registration inquiries and event details, go to http://www.cabmet.org.

BMES Opens Registration for Leadership and Networking Webinar

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is now accepting participants for its upcoming Leadership and Networking Webinar to be held on August 27, 1PM. The webinar will tackle fundamental principles and core competencies, as well as leadership and networking resources. The event will provide insights and tips on sharpening partnership skills.

The webinar is open to biomedical engineering undergrads, graduate students, postdoctoral fellow, recent graduates and career professionals.

Learn more about the upcoming webinar at http://bmes.org.

PAST EVENTS:

CE-IT Holds Virtual Town Hall Regulatory Agency Issues and Trends

The CE-IT Community recently assembled biomedical professionals on July 22 for a virtual town hall meeting that discussed regulatory agency perspectives and trends for medical device integration. The meeting also highlighted a presentation from Philips Healthcare.

To know more about the 90-minute session, go to http://www.aami.org.

CMIA San Diego Holds Meeting about Information Security

The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) San Diego recently held a chapter meeting that focused on information security for medical devices. Held on July 24, the meeting tackled the different components for information security including confidentiality, integrity, availability and auditability. The meeting also covered the vulnerabilities of network systems and security plans to prevent breach.

Presentation was facilitated by Scrippshealth. For more information on the recent chapter meeting, visit http://cmia.org.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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