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A Helpful(?) Guide for Report Writing

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on January 3, 2016 at 1:02 AM Comments comments (3047)

Engineers and technicians are not always known for their ability to write good reports. To help you out with your end-of-year obligations, 24×7 offer some guidelines. Here is what advised.


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Cleared or Approved - And Does it Matter?

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on September 9, 2015 at 12:57 AM Comments comments (31)

Published on September 4, 2015

By William Hyman, ScD

Medical devices follow clear paths to market, beginning with design and progressing through regulatory action by the FDA. In most cases, this happens before biomeds become involved with devices, although biomeds may be involved in clinical trials and are involved in postmarket FDA measures, such as Medical Device Reporting (MDR) and recalls. Repair activities may also touch on regulatory issues such as manufacturer a...

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Healthcare Technology Management: The Wrong Title for What We Do So Well

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on August 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM Comments comments (1)

Published on November 16, 2014

By David Harrington, PhD


Photo of Dave HarringtonIt’s the fashion nowadays to describe what we biomeds and clinical engineers do as “healthcare technology management.” I know that my opinion may not be very popular, but I think the name does an injustice to us and to what we do best. Let me explain.


I will admit to being old and somewhat stubborn when it comes to our profession. When I entered the hea...

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Report Recommends Training BMETs in Low-Resource Countries

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on August 11, 2015 at 1:52 AM Comments comments (24)

Published on August 6, 2015

BMETs in Low-Resource CountriesA new report proposes that skilled biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) are crucial to advancing healthcare in low-resource countries around the world. The report, “BMETs in Low-Resource Countries,” which was prepared for the GE Foundation and the AAMI Foundation, calls on a wide variety of stakeholders to come together to support the development of “scalable, replicable, and sustainable” training mod...

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FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on August 5, 2015 at 2:42 AM Comments comments (0)

By Associated Press | August 4, 2015

Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S.


However, Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledged on Tuesday that not all hospitals have the staff, expertise and resources to take the steps, including sterilizing scopes with toxic gas to kill bacteria. Even with such steps "th...

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Can medical devices be hacked like remote-controlled cars?

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on August 4, 2015 at 8:02 AM Comments comments (19)

By Adam Rubenfire | July 22, 2015

Two hackers recently proved to Wired magazine that they could wirelessly hack into a Jeep and other vehicles and remotely take control of them.Scarier still? Hackers have demonstrated that they can tamper with medical devices that can mean life or death for patients. “It’s not a conspiracy theory. It is absolutely true that our medical devices are one of the most insecure areas in healthcare today,” said Mac McMillan, a healthcare sec...

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What Biomeds Need to Know About Infection Control

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on July 29, 2015 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Published on July 24, 2015

As hospital-acquired infections continue to rise, following proper disinfection procedures is more urgent than ever. But where do biomeds fit into the picture?

By Nina Silberstein

At the AAMI Conference & Expo in Denver this past June, infection control made an une...

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Mobile Apps Could Help Improve Clinical Engineering

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on July 22, 2015 at 3:42 AM Comments comments (0)

In order to provide medical treatment, biomedical equipment management and service is vital. For this reason, medical equipment in hospitals needs to be continuously improved to ensure that hospitals are working with the best technology. Improvements are also necessary for hospital to show that they are bettering their position in a healthcare market that is not only highly competitive, but that is rapidly changing all the time.

Clinical engineering is very important to the healthcare i...

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What Young Biomeds Need to Learn, and What They Can Offer

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on July 9, 2015 at 3:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Published on July 2, 2015

By Clarice M. Balconi-Lamica

I was in sixth grade when I decided I wanted to be a biomedical engineer. Before then I thought I would pursue medical school, but once I learned about the biomedical engineering profession, how it fuses both modern medicine and modern technology, I was captivated.

The biomedical world I originally envisioned was one of research and development. But on...

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A Hidden Key to Biomed Success? The Art of Empathy

Posted by Salah Alkhallagi on June 2, 2015 at 3:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Published on May 20, 2015

By John Bethune

The idea that technical skills define biomed performance is baked into the job title, whether it’s biomedical equipment technician or healthcare technology management professional. But in recent years, as the field has struggled to move out of the basement and gain more influence and respect, the importance of people skills has become increasingly clear. And at the heart of people skills, says Barbara Christe, PhD, of Ind...

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