Tag: Technology

MedStar hospitals crippled by computer virus

Editor's Note Washington DC-area MedStar hospitals were hit by a computer virus that forced all computers offline on March 28, the Chicago Tribune reports. The shutdown of computers was the latest against US hospitals after a California hospital paid ransom to free its infected systems using bitcoin currency. The FBI…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 30, 2016
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ECRI Institute and London School of Economics partner on device pricing project

Editor's Note ECRI Institute announced on March 17 that is collaborating with the London School of  Economics in a project examining medical device pricing across different countries. Medical devices are estimated to account for 6% to 7% of total health expenditure in the US and European countries, but little is…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 18, 2016
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Nurses’ perceptions of EHR

Editor's Note This study was designed to understand nurses’ perceptions of using an electronic health record (EHR) at the point of care. At 1 year after EHR adoption, the nurses said: it did not improve patient care the learning curve was steep they had lower confidence using the EHR than…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 17, 2016
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FDA warns about magnetic interference between breast tissue expanders and ICDs, pacemakers

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 8 issued a warning about magnetic interference between breast tissue expanders with magnetic ports and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or pacemakers in patients. The breast expanders can interfere with the functioning of these cardiac devices, causing them to go into "magnet…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2016
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HHS releases guidance on when HIPAA applies to mobile apps

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released guidelines on how the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) applies to health information a patient creates or manages through a health app and when app developers are required to comply with HIPPA rules. The new…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2016
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Texas Children’s wins ECRI Institute’s Health Devices Achievement Award

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute announced February 2 that Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston has won its 10th annual Health Devices Achievement Award. Texas Children’s winning submission, “Alarm Management Reboot,” describes the hospital’s efforts to improve patient safety by incorporating enterprise-wide alarm management practices to make alarms more meaningful and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 2, 2016
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ECRI Institute launches ‘Rate This Model’ tool

Editor's Note ECRI Institute (Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania) on January 21 launched its new “Rate This Model” user review and rating tool for hospital equipment purchases. The tool enables OR managers to share their opinions and assign ratings on the performance of medical technologies. The new interactive feature looks and acts…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 21, 2016
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FDA: Draft cybersecurity recommendations for device manufacturers

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 15 issued a draft guidance that outlines important steps manufacturers should take to address postmarket management of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. The guidance builds on the FDA’s existing efforts to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices at…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 20, 2016
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Simulation can be an affordable tool for improving care

How can OR managers better prepare staff to handle crisis situations? How can they encourage teamwork? Increasingly, OR leaders are turning to simulation to answer those questions.   OR leaders who think they can’t afford a high-fidelity manikin (one that talks and exhibits physiologic changes) and state-of-the-art simulation lab might…

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By: OR Manager
January 20, 2016
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Simulation lab a safe way to practice crisis management

Emergencies such as the one described above don’t happen frequently in the OR, but it is important to prepare for them, and simulation has emerged as an ideal educational tool. This scenario took place in a simulation lab, not a real OR, so the danger to the “patient” (manikin) consisted…

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By: OR Manager
January 20, 2016
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