Visit DOTmed at RSNA, North Hall B, Booth #6608 -- Ask about Clean Sweep Equipment Auctions

Current Location:
> This Story

starstarstarstarstar (1)
Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts


More Magazine Features

Ultrasound Technology: Q&A with Dr. James Trotter Advances in ultrasound have helped diagnose liver disease and related illnesses

Q&A with Joel Yuhas, President and CEO of Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center The challenges of today and the forecast for tomorrow

There is more to proton shielding than meets the eye Comparing the challenges of proton shielding with that of linear accelerators

MR shielding: don’t cut corners Find out why it does not pay to cut corners with your MR environment

The rules of attraction: safety in the MR environment From the September issue of HCB News magazine

See All Magazine Features  

More Voices

Uber and wheelchairs The Jacobus Report

Developing an enterprise imaging strategy Part 2 of an IT Matters feature

Howard A. Rusk: the father of rehabilitative medicine This Month in Medical History

Health care workers in Paris The Jacobus Report

Practice Management - To scribe, or not to scribe, that is the question Do you need a data entry assistant?

Q&A with Dr. Ronald Arenson, RSNA President Read about what the current RSNA President has in store for this year's show

Clockwise from left:
Horace Hunter, Heidi Horn,
Steve Vanderzee, Fred McMurtrie,
Greg Mika, Russel Magoon, Scott Bosch

Biomed Viewpoints

by Sean Ruck , Editor-In-Chief
This first appeared in the May 2014 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News

Last year, we published our inaugural biomed viewpoints, which was mainly focused around the industry name change from “biomed” to “healthcare technology management (HTM).” We also talked about some challenges facing the biomed, or HTM,\ sector. While the name healthcare technology management hasn’t quite caught on outside the immediate confines of the biomed sector, other challenges facing the biomed field continue to be far-reaching, impacting every facet of health care. This year, we revisited with some of last year’s contributors and added some new names to the roster to talk about those challenges. The big topics of discussion include the changing role of biomeds, the impact and concerns surrounding the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services guidelines for preventative maintenance, and the post-Affordable Care Act world of health care and how it will shape the future of the biomedical field.

HCBN: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 30 percent growth rate in health technology management, or nearly 13,000 more jobs in the field between 2012 and 2022. Clinical engineering is under that umbrella — have you noticed any change in the level of demand for clinical engineering that would justify that prediction? What do you think the future will look like for health technology management?

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Upgrade with confidence from the leader in healthcare technology

Now you can afford to upgrade your suite to digital, with the Acuity HD 1417 Wireless detector from Bayer HealthCare Multi Vendor Service. Cutting-edge DR wireless technology easily transforms a conventional X-ray room into an efficient DR Suite.

Patrick Lynch, president of Healthcare Technology Management Association of South Carolina:
Clinical engineering is in less demand than ever before. Hospitals are jettisoning clinical engineers in favor of BMETs who can fix equipment. Unfortunately, many hospitals are dumbing-down the HTM department into a fix-it department. This is because of intense cost pressures. They feel that money can be saved by performing repairs in-house, but engineering better systems design is not seen as an immediate need.

Greg Mika, clinical engineering manager at Martha Jefferson Hospital; president of the Virginia Biomedical Association: We haven’t seen enough here to justify new positions to be added yet, but we’re certainly seeing activity in new areas where we haven’t before — integration of medical devices, EHR, connecting devices, things that require more expertise. We’re still doing safety checks and PM and certification, but more things are being tied into the EHR. Even sterilizers — they’re all networked and tied into a system.

Steve Vanderzee, manager for clinical engineering technology at Advocate Health Care: As health programs continue to consolidate, clinical engineering will continue to consolidate as well. So if a hospital with an outsource merges with an in-house, it can go either way. Depending on the structure of the program, there can be some redundancy, so there’d be an opportunity to consolidate, and that could lead to a reduction of positions. I don’t think that’s the case on the technical side (the actual physical repairs), but could be on the support side (management, clerical).

Continue reading Biomed Viewpoints...
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ... >>


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2015 DOTmed.com, Inc.