MITA Applauds CMS for Creation of Medicare Coverage Pathway for Innovative Medical Technologies

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), the leading organization and collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiopharmaceutical, contrast media, and focused ultrasound device manufacturers, today applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its recently issued final rule concerning the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) program.

KA Imaging Appoints Seasoned Industry Executives to Key Leadership Positions

Manufacturer KA Imaging has appointed Shawn Campbell as vice president of operations and Robert Moccia as vice president of sales, USA and Canada.

ICE Moves to May

Mark your calendar, the conference dedicated to imaging directors, radiology administrators and imaging engineers is moving to May 11-12 in sunny Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida.

oneSOURCE Creates Free Resource Page with Up-to-Date COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Today, oneSOURCE, an RLDatix company and leading healthcare management solution, announced a new COVID-19 vaccine resource page to assist healthcare professionals during the initial administration phases of the vaccine.

Webinar Wednesday Presenters Cover Hot Topics

The webinar “Predicting the Future: RTI Detector Development with Monte Carlo Simulations” was sponsored by RTI. Attendees were eligible to receive 1 credit from the ACI.

The webinar was presented by RTI Physicist Petty Cartemo, PhD. RTI uses Monte Carlo simulations as a tool in the development of products and mathematical models for the measurement of key values such as HVL, kV and dose.

Petty briefly discussed the physics and technical details needed for the theoretical description of radiation properties. She also described how the RTI research and development group utilizes data simulation tools. An example of a current product was also presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of Monte Carlo simulations.

Attendees shared why they attended the webinar.

“Our department is starting to move into first response for X-ray, I want to be there. Definitely worth my time,” said V. Jacobson, biomedical technician.

“Keeping myself updated on industry trends. As always very informative webinar,” said R. Mesropyan, CBET.

“I always gain knowledge from Webinar Wednesday,” said D. Pilkilton, BMET II.

“Interested in the topic. I don’t specialize in X-ray, but I would like to see if it is a direction I would like to pursue,” said J. Bareis, BMET II.

“Interested in nuclear physics research and development applied to radiation detection devices. Yes, it was worth my time. Great job on the presentation,” said R. Carl, cardiovascular and nuclear medical services manager.

“I am always fascinated by the science behind the equipment. Math and physics play a big role in the development of biomedical equipment. Simulations in research and development help us define and fine tune materials that are used in production. It also helps before testing and verification begins,” said H. Martin, clinical engineer.

Secure Your Clinical Network

The recent Webinar Wednesday presentation “Automate, Optimize and Secure Your Clinical Network” was eligible for 1 credit from the ACI.

The webinar featured CyberMDX Vice President of Business Development Safi Oranski. He explained how imaging service professionals can break down silos within healthcare delivery organizations (HDO) using data and analytics from medical devices and other connected IoT assets.

Oranski also explored how medical device insights provide a wealth of operational and security intelligence – benefiting imaging service, HTM, IT and IS departments. He shared best-in-class use cases from hospitals to illustrate system-wide benefits. Attendees gained knowledge on how multiple departments can benefit.

CyberMDX sponsored the webinar that drew 153 attendees to the live presentation and more HTM professionals have watched a recording of the session to gain a valuable education credit.

Attendees were quick to share how much new information they received from the webinar.

“I learned there needs to be more planning on our part to keep up with industry trends,” said Clinical Engineer M. Mappes.

“It was a great topic considering what is happening now with cyber attacks,” shared G. Dickerson, healthcare technician lead.

“It contained a lot of good information on HTM and IT,” according to J. Damasco, biomedical technician.

“I really wish my department manager could have watched. A lot of good information regarding utilization, etc,” said J. Arford, BMET.

Ultrasound Accreditation

The webinar “Clinical Engineers’ Critical Role in Ultrasound Accreditation – Why It Matters To Departments and YOU!” was sponsored by Innovatus Imaging.

The 60-minute webinar was presented by Matt Tomory and Ted Lucidi of Innovatus Imaging. Accreditation is one of the most critical aspects of imaging facility operations, yet many clinical engineers are unaware of where their facilities stand and what they personally are responsible for on a day-to-day compliance basis. What you don’t know could be impacting your operational and diagnostic efficiencies. This educational session created awareness of the imortant role clinical engineers play and how they can fulfill that role efficiently and effectively.

Beyond understanding the purposes and objective of accreditation, attendees learned the following:

  • Testing criteria that each board requires relative to ultrasound image quality.
  • Performing common tests using several transducer models.
  • Assessing transducer performance in the field per the various boards’ requirements.
  • Acquiring and assembling the Quality Control data required for accreditation.
  • Affordable tips to reduce operational costs while maintaining accreditation standards.

The presentation received positive feedback with a rating of 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best possible rating.

Attendees provided feedback to the question, “How well did the content that was delivered match what you were promised when you registered?”

“Excellent presentation of what was promised. Very educational and helpful,” said P. Collett, biomed team leader.

“Excellent and covered more than I expected,” Biomed K. Baber said.

“Excellent, very well delivered, exceeded my expectations,” said J. Dipad, biomed equipment specialist.

“Yes, I learned a lot about optional and recommended quality control practices for ultrasound and will be implementing some in my institution,” said P. Baxter, leader radiation safety and quality control.

“Excellent, A lot of information in little time but was directed to the important items,” said A. Negron.

Parts Management

The Nuvolo-sponsored webinar “The Future of HTM Parts Management” continued the success of the Webinar Wednesday series. The attendees, who were eligible for 1 credit from the ACI, gave the session a thumbs up.

The webinar featured Nuvolo Vice President of Product Marketing Ben Person. He discussed and demonstrated how Nuvolo can help with parts management in a CMMS system. As part of driving cost and process efficiencies for an organization – by being able to locate, order, track, receive and install parts for your medical devices – Nuvolo demonstrated its PartsSource and GE Parts ordering capabilities in a CMMS along with parts and stockroom management.

After the webinar, attendees shared their thoughts.

“Great, very informative insight about the future of parts management” Biomed M. Barry said.

“Really informative and very interesting. Great webinar,” said D. Warner, CE Tech III.

“Interesting, good tips for making order in our job, which is such a difficult task to achieve,” Biomedical Engineer M. Nacu said.

“A great way to earn CE credits, while learning something new,” said J. Poe, national manager parts procurement.

For more information, including upcoming webinars and recordings of previous sessions, visit WebinarWednesday.Live.

A special thank you to the companies that sponsored the recent webinars.



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