Pat Lynch’s Calendar

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2015 Calendar

March 28 – WSBA – Seattle, Washington

March 29-March 31 – MD Expo – Nashville, TN

May 1 – HTMA-SC Conference – Columbia, SC

June 5 – Manny’s Meeting, Denver, CO

June 6-8 – AAMI Denver, CO

July 22-24 – MD Imaging Expo, Indianapolis, IN

August 11 – KAMI, Lexington, KY

August 19-21 – CEAI, Chicago,IL

Sept 9-11 – NCBA, Charlotte, NC

Sept 23-25 – VBA, Newport News, VA

October 1-3 – FBS, Orlando, FL

October 21-23 – MD Expo – Las Vegas




Total Cost of Ownership – Free White Paper Download

May 6, 2015 by Pat Lynch
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Five Ways Comprehensive Management can Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

April 16, 2015
Five Ways Comprehensive Management can Reduce Total Cost of Ownership
A comprehensive lifecycle management plan will bring maximum value to acquisition, usage, and disposition of medical equipment assets.
Enhance your understanding of:

  • Best practices for capital equipment planning
  • How to perform robust capital negotiations
  • Critical components to standardize product evaluations
  • End of life management options to offset the cost of new purchases

Download the complete white paper

Sterilizer of the Future?

May 5, 2015 by Pat Lynch

What will an autoclave look like in 10-20 years? How will it help labs like yours work more efficiently?

In a recent webinar, we discussed emerging trends in laboratory autoclave design, with a focus on:

  • Sustainability and methods to reduce the consumption of water/energy
  • Remote monitoring and control through workstations or mobile devices
  • BSL-3 sterilizer design
  • Space-saving practices

You can watch this 33-minute webinar on-demand anytime here:
Webinar: Future Trends in Steam Autoclave Design

15 new technologies on display at HIMSS

May 4, 2015 by Pat Lynch
Written by Elizabeth Earl | April 07, 2015

More than 1,000 health IT vendors will showcase their technology solutions at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the largest event in the health IT industry, in Chicago from April 12-16.

Here are 15 new technologies on display at HIMSS.

1. ONYX Fanless Mobile EHR/Telemedicine Solution from ONYX Healthcare: Taiwan-based ONYX will launch its new desktop computer cart at HIMSS, which includes a fanless computer with dual hot swappable batteries and a non-battery cart. The computer can run indefinitely anywhere in a hospital with no downtime, and is telemedicine-enabled. Its keyboard and mouse are safe to be washed for sanitation as well.

2. Auditor’s Desktop from Iatric Systems: Launched early this year, the Boxford, Mass.-based company’s new addition to its Security Audit Manager platform uses advanced analytics to reduce false positives, track user/patient audit history and prioritizes the most probable cases of inappropriate access.

CLICK HERE to see the full list

BMET Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

May 1, 2015 by Pat Lynch

from CMIA


A: Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMET) are responsible for the performance and maintenance of a hospital’s patient care equipment. Their duties include: maintenance (returning equipment to operational status), preventative maintenance (periodically insuring each of the hospitals thousands of devices are functioning properly), and assisting with the procurement of new devices and contracts, training users in the operation and care of equipment and evaluating failures. With such a variety of equipment and tasks there are opportunities for advancement and diversity while knowing that you are a significant member of the health care delivery team.


A: A large community general hospital may have 10,000 devices. All must be uniquely defined and records maintained of their maintenance and performance history. This is a large task itself, requiring dedicated computer database applications. A random list of equipment includes: Electrocardiographs, Electroencephalographs, X-ray , MRI, Blood warmers, infusion pumps, humidifiers, cell counters, cell washers, dialysis machines, physiological mentoring systems, anesthesia machines, hospital beds, microscopes, lasers, ultrasonic imaging, sterilizers, blood gas analyzers, ventilators, surgical lamps, clinical lab analyzers, electrosurgical unit, resuscitators, The industry organizations ECRI maintains a categorized list of over 6,000 types.


A: Most BMETs are hospital employees of a department called Clinical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering or hired by an organization contracted to perform these services. These department’s responsibilities vary between institutions and may service thousands of devices from beds and scales to large X-ray systems and digital imaging networks. Few institutions have the staff to support everything so responsibility for some are contracted out to the equipment manufacturers or thirds party service organizations. They in turn hire BMETs a Field Service Engineers to maintain unique equipment for many institutions in an area or even country wide.


A: In 2000 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook estimated there were 11,000 positions equivalent to a BMET. However 2006-7 edition reports 29,000 an almost 3 fold increase in 6 years.


A: Typically one obtains an Associates degree in BMET from a community college or if in the Military Service, completing the Sheppard Air Force Base’s Department of Defense BMET School course. Others receive on-the-job-training (OJT) and attend manufacturer’s classes after receiving formal training in electronics. After employment continuing education for certification (CBET), manufacturer’s classes or completion of a BS degree offer paths for advancement and increased calery.


A: They will obtain a basic understanding of health sciences physiology and anatomy and their terminology. Preparation also includes math, physics and electronics and the ability to navigate schematics. Classes cover basics of sensors and rudiments of data acquisition. A cooperative education (co-op) or internship periods expose students to the realities of current equipment.


A: Future BMETS should be endowed with a variety of attributes. On the technical side are the abilities to reason, solve problems and enjoy challenges. Communicative skills are extremely important, not only with your peers, but with those who use the equipment from doctors to nurses and laboratory technicians and other support departments as purchasing, IT and accounting. The person should be self-motivated; dedicated to customer service and improving themselves; ability of working independently or on a team and capable of setting priorities.


A: Over a period of a year, half you time is spent performing PMs. Much of the remainder of the day is spent repairing unplanned equipment failures. If life support equipment failed you may become a sleuth to determine what went wrong. The remainder may be on the phone answering questions about equipment use or issues, performing in-service training or evening recommending a product or service for purchase.


A: Advancement can occur along many paths. There are hundreds of equipment types around the hospital for one to be an expert on all. However by expressing an interest in various equipment types your value increases. Much of today’s equipment is connected via networks so capability in IT and connectivity plus medical devices allows advancement opportunities in either camp. Medium and large hospitals require many BMETs which results in management opportunities. This usually requires continuing education or management training. Additional growth in the field increases with chains or outsourcing organizations.


A: In 2005 an average BMET on the Pacific Coast has 16 years experience and earned almost $60K/year a 10% increase over 2004. Newcomers to the field will earn over $20K less per year. Certified, management and specialists earn more. Click here 24/7 Magazine to view this year’s BMET salary survey.

Video patient monitoring reduces falls by 35%

April 30, 2015 by Pat Lynch

by Heather Punke (Twitter | Google+)  | April 13, 2015


When trained observers use remote video monitoring to watch patients, it can reduce patient falls by 35 percent, according to a study soon to be published in Nursing Economic$ – The Journal for Health Care Leaders.

The study compared the use of fall-prevention protocol and AvaSys TeleSitter Solution, a remote video monitoring system, against the use of standard fall-prevention protocol alone in three units of an urban hospital for nine months. A total of 828 patients were monitored, and falls decreased by 35 percent.

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“The research shows that patients are safer when they are monitored by a trained, dedicated observer 24 hours a day,” said Lisbeth Votruba, RN, vice president of clinical quality and innovation at AvaSure, the company that makes AvaSys, and the study’s lead author.

The study was funded by the Saint Mary’s Foundation.

HIMSS Debuts Interoperability Certification Program

April 29, 2015 by Pat Lynch

The new ConCert by HIMSS voluntary testing and certification program will provide an independent seal of approval to ensure that vendors meet the interoperability standards recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. HIMSS will be featuring the program at its annual conference, taking place this week in Chicago.
CLICK HERE to read more

150 great places to work in healthcare | 2015

April 28, 2015 by Pat Lynch
Written by Staff | March 11, 2015

Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to release the 2015 edition of “150 great places to work in healthcare.”

The 2015 list includes both healthcare providers — medical groups, ambulatory surgery centers, home health providers and hospitals and health systems — along with other types of healthcare-specific companies, such as consulting firms, technology providers, professional organizations and more.

The list was developed through a combination of nominations and editorial research. The organizations on this list were chosen for their benefits offerings, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities and environments that promote employee satisfaction and work-life balance. Many of these organizations have been recognized by national, state or local organizations for their workplace culture or employee satisfaction scores.

Editor’s note: This list is not intended to be a ranking, and organizations are displayed in alphabetical order. This list is not an endorsement of included healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

ABM Healthcare Support Services
Location: St. Clair Shores, Mich. Type of company: Healthcare supplier Meet the organization: With 3,160 employees, ABM Healthcare Support Services offers a range of services — from clinical engineering to security from hospitality to food and nutrition — to more than 300 hospitals in the United States. [READ MORE]

Location: Dallas Type of company: Medical device designer and manufacturer Meet the organization: AccelSPINE is a young and growing company that employs more than 40 and is led by President and CEO Daniel Chon. [READ MORE]

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the list

Washington State Biomedical Assn Newsletter

April 27, 2015 by Pat Lynch

 Attached please find our Spring WSBA Newsletter.  This edition contains important information about our website, membership modifications, and coming meetings. 

If you have feedback or ideas for future communications, please let us know.  Hopefully the Spam filters do not strip out the attached pdf. 

Newsletter 150411.pdf


Chris & Dennis

15 TEDTalks That Will Enlighten You Mind

April 24, 2015 by Pat Lynch

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

CLICK HERE to see these wonderful and informative talks.

CE Ideal Design

April 23, 2015 by Pat Lynch

What is Clinical Engineering Bank?

Clinical Engineering Bank is a bank of data and information that you may need and/or look for in Clinical Engineering Department in healthcare institute.

From general information in clinical engineering to a detailed information in how to set-up and manage clinical engineering department in a hospital and/or in type of healthcare and services providers. 

 If you find these data are valuable and/or would like to comment or send me a message please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at


Below is some content from the website.  It isn’t prefect, but it is a pretty good roadmap for putting together a Clinical Engineering Department.  Pat Lynch

Check his website HERE.