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Enriching the Point of Care Experience through Meaningful Technology — Meet IQvitals® Zone™

By CME on Jun 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As independent, outpatient medical practices have become part of integrated health systems, networks have struggled to establish standardized processes. This is a problem. Simply put, disconnected processes and devices at the point of care can have a big impact on costs and outcomes.

Manual vitals acquisition alone produces wasted time that can cost up to $1,600 per year per medical assistant. For health systems with hundreds of medical assistants, those costs add up—and the impact on clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction can be even greater. Studies have also shown that manual data transcription produces a 6.5 percent rate of error on average. Assuming a caregiver sees 20 patients a day, that’s eight errors just capturing vitals.

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Regulatory Update: The New MDE Standards

By CME on May 30, 2017 11:06:32 AM

On January 9, 2017, the United States Access Board issued accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE), addressing “equipment that requires transfer from wheelchairs and other mobility aids and includes requirements for transfer surfaces, support rails, armrests, compatibility with lift devices and other features.” These standards can have far-reaching impact on hospitals, non-acute care clinics, and any size practice. As part of our mission to the healthcare community, we at CME wanted to offer an understanding of these standards and next steps in approaching them.

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Exploring a Higher Level of Patient Experience

In a Richmond, Va., hospital’s ICU, tetraplegics unable to move by themselves are communicating and staying connected to the outside world by controlling an
overhead laptop’s cursor using their eye instead of a mouse.

Elsewhere, a new mother is opening up a web portal on a tablet to watch her newborn via live video feed from the NICU. And San Francisco pediatric patients are finding their hospitalizations a little less scary and confusing, thanks to tablets loaded with education and entertainment apps that they can easily access from their beds. 

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Top Five Pain Points When Renovating a Health Care Facility

By Cindy Juhas on Feb 3, 2017 12:39:29 PM

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, more health care facilities have embraced value-
based health care. The focus on cutting costs, increasing patient satisfaction, improving medical outcomes and reducing re-admittance rates has revolutionized the industry, and has facilities focused on quality care and the patient. Many hospitals, clinics and outpatient facilities are taking on renovation projects, repurposing existing spaces and replacing outdated equipment to accommodate this new value-based health care model.

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Unexpected Challenges in Remodel and New Healthcare Facility Projects

By CME on Dec 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A new or remodeled healthcare facility is a fantastic way to improve the patient experience. However, unexpected challenges often arise when expanding, remodeling or building a new facility. Many times, the unexpected challenges are related to buying new equipment to outfit the new space. Be aware of these common pain points so you can plan ahead.

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Hamper Use for Infection Prevention

By CME on Jun 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Infection prevention is everybody’s job in all kinds of healthcare facilities.  In fact, the scope of infection prevention concerns has expanded such that the acronym HAI no longer refers just to “hospital acquired infections”, but now to “healthcare associated infections”.  These HAIs are not restricted just to hospitals, but also to skilled nursing facilities, rehab facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics and even physician offices.

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3 Important Factors in Choosing your VA Medical Equipment Distributor

By CME on Jun 25, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Purchasing the most appropriate medical equipment solutions for any healthcare facility often presents challenges for administrators. However, when it comes to VA facilities, many purchasing managers are confronted with additional, particularly difficult issues, which require an elevated level of expertise with regard to federal regulations and contracting / procurement processes.

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How the PATH Act Affects the Medical Industry

By CME on Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM
A Two-Year Moratorium on the Medical Device Excise Tax

The PATH Act refers to a law signed by President Obama called the "Protecting Americans from Tax Hike" Act of 2015. Also known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016, the law was signed on Dec. 18, 2015, and calls for a two-year moratorium on the medical device excise tax from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017.  This moratorium will temporarily remove the 2.3 percent excise tax hike currently paid by manufacturers and importers of medical equipment sold in the United States.

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4 Key Considerations When Purchasing Weight Scales for Your Hospital

By CME on Jun 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Medical weight scales are one of those pieces of essential medical equipment which are so ubiquitous that they are often simply taken for granted in many clinical settings.  Yet failure to pay close attention to their characteristics and properties can lead to everything from misdiagnoses to failure to detect symptoms altogether.

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VA Construction Projects - Managing Equipment Delivery

By CME on May 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

The Veterans Health Administration operates under government oversight to serve one of the world's largest healthcare populations.  The group currently operates 152 hospitals, 800 outpatient clinics, 126 nursing home units, and 35 domiciliaries.  These facilities serve a large population of veterans and service personnel, and many of them are over 60 years old. The need for new and updated VA facilities has prompted multiple medical construction projects.

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