An op-ed by Robert J. Kerwin As the 2021 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report to Congress on repair restrictions acknowledged, some medical equipment manufacturers are limiting the availability of diagnostic software and firmware necessary to make repairs. That situation may soon worsen, if legislation proposed by a manufacturer trade association is filed and approved. This [...]
At the annual IAMERS educational meeting in Chicago last week, IAMERS took a deep dive on vendor management trends and best practices with two seasoned industry veterans. Intermountain Healthcare's director of clinical engineering, Michael Powers, and Crothall Technical Resources' vice president, Sheila O’Donnell, presented on 2022 best practices. The 90-minute discussion drilled down about the [...]
A little-known rulemaking proceeding is underway at the U.S. Copyright Office which, depending upon the outcome, may have profoundly favorable implications for the use by servicers of electronic medical device equipment manuals. Every three years under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the Librarian of Congress, upon receipt of the recommendation of the Register of [...]
On June 24, 2021, the FDA released a draft version of the FDA Remanufacturing Guidance. At the request of industry, the time frame for providing written comments to the guidance has been extended to September 22, 2021. In 2018, the agency disseminated a remanufacturing white paper, and now the circulation of a draft guidance indicates [...]
By Robert J. Kerwin It was four years ago that Britain’s then-prime minister, David Cameron, set a referendum on the U.K.’s continued membership in the European Union. In June 2016, the citizens of the U.K. voted to leave the EU. In January 2020, the U.K. officially withdrew, and since that time the EU and the [...]
With healthcare costs continuing to rise, affordable and accurate imaging and diagnosis achieved through ultrasound will continue to attract patients, according to a new market report from Fact.MR. The report on the global market for ultrasound systems projects steady growth for the market from 2017 to 2022, from a value of $6 billion in 2017 [...]
In a recent speech, Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association noted that new entrants into the healthcare sector, such as Amazon, Apple and Google, are poised to serve as “disruptors” in the industry. “We are seeing historic—if not unprecedented—change across the entire healthcare landscape,” Pollack told an AHA forum in Washington. “There’s no [...]
Survey: Healthcare executives spotlight the sweeping policy changes they see coming for the industry
Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, a healthcare law firm, polled more than 220 healthcare executives from across the spectrum and found 74% believe significant policy change is either very likely or somewhat likely in the next two years. Read more here.
When speaking about the growth of the Image-Guided Therapy businesses, Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, said in a statement. “To strengthen our leadership in this fast-growing market, we have significantly invested in our R&D programs, which resulted in the launch of the very successful Azurion next-generation image-guided therapy platform, and the acquisitions of Volcano, [...]
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley are all working with GE on the planned listing… Read more here.