Pat Lynch’s Calendar

January 20, 2013 by Pat Lynch

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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

 

 

 

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

Regards,

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 s.khallagi@gmail.com

Regards.

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.

Looking for Service Manuals? Here is a place to check

April 22, 2015 by Pat Lynch

This is a pretty good collection of manuals for medical equipment.

CLICK HERE to go to the Service and Operator’s Manuals Website

Stupid Easy

March 27, 2015 by Pat Lynch

What’s this?  I have heard others use the term.  My definition of “Stupid Easy” is those things that are so ridiculously obvious that they should be done immediately, with no debate, delay or deliberation.  Stupid Easy things are those things that do not need to be discussed by a committee, or delay for further consideration.  They are the things that, once you realize that they exist, should be done without hesitation.  Things that will make a positive difference at little of no cost ot either time or money.

What is “Stupid Easy” in your life?                   Pat

22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

March 25, 2015 by Pat Lynch
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On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a 23-year-old student asked: “What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?” Hundreds of answers poured in, and this one by Quora contributor Andy Giroux was one of our favorites. You can contribute your own answers to this and other questions; we’ll feature the best on HuffPost.

By Andy Giroux

1. Exercise. And if you can, exercise in the morning. This helps in so many ways. It will help you sleep better at night and be more alert during the day. It will help wake you up in the morning by getting your blood flowing. It will help to sharpen and focus your mind. It will help relieve stress. There are just so many benefits.

2. Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t have time.” Tomorrow tends to be the imaginary land that never arrives, and 95-99% of the time when people say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t have time” it really means “I’d rather just be lazy.”

3. Don’t make excuses. Just do it. If there is something that you want to do, whether it is just something that you think would be fun, a new experience, or something to better yourself then do it. This sort of goes with point #2. If you’re making excuses then all that means is your really don’t want it that badly.

4. Read books. Get off the internet. Stop reading pointless 3 paragraph articles and read something substantial. It will help expand your vocabulary, it will open your mind, it will inspire real thinking and creativity, and more.

5. Make sure you understand your credit score.

6. Save money. Be aggressive about it. In the next 5-10 years, you’ll probably be extremely happy that you did so.

7. Don’t hold grudges. Do not harbor hate. It takes a lot of energy to be mad at people so don’t bother. Just let things go. And if someone continues to inspire these bad feelings in you, then let them go. It’s that simple.

8. Laugh and smile. Always. Having a bad day? First, Smile. A big one. Ear to ear. Force it. Smiling doesn’t just happen when you are happy, but it always happens to make you happier. It’s scientifically proven. Then go to YouTube (I know earlier I said get off the internet, but laughter is a necessity.), look up a funny video or your favorite comedian and just laugh. Just let go. It’ll help.

9. Stop and smell the roses. It’s good to want to better yourself, but you also need to know when to take time for yourself and relax. Let your batteries recharge.

10. Be thankful and grateful. Sometimes it can be hard in the moment to realize that you actually have it pretty good, but every now and then just stop and think about everything that you have in your life. There is always someone who has it worse so you should be happy that you have what you have. It’s also good to want to be better and to not just accept things for what they are, to challenge the status quo, but at the same time if you are always surging forward and you never stop to appreciate what and who is around you then one day when you finally do stop, you may realize there’s nothing left.

11. Be charitable. Not just with your money or your time, but with who you are. Being charitable isn’t just about giving when it makes sense, it’s about being the type of person who will go out of their way to help the old woman cross a slippery, snow covered street. It’s about tipping the waitress even when she was bitchy because maybe she’s just having a really bad day. It’s about smiling at that person across from you on the bus who looks upset, maybe even ask them if they need to talk. It’s about giving that kid who won’t stop asking for a job a chance even though their resume doesn’t look that great.

12. Be selfish. Sometimes. This may sound contradictory, but hear me out. Sometimes you just need to ignore everyone else, and step away from the world for you. Go on that ski trip. Get yourself those shoes. That might sound vain, but you know what, if you don’t have a healthy mind and a healthy body then how will you help others to do so?

13. Keep your phone in your pocket when with friends and family. Enjoy your time with them. You can always use technology, you won’t always have time with your loved ones.

14. Don’t be shy. Talk to people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with strangers. What’s the worst that will happen? They’ll ignore you? Be rude? So what? You don’t ever have to talk to them again. Not only will this teach you not to be afraid of rejection, but it will teach you how to network, be personable, read people, and maybe meet some really great people.

15. Listen. When someone is talking to you, LISTEN. Don’t just think about what you are going to say, but really listen to what they are saying. Then when they are done you can take a second to think about what you want to say.

16. Be yourself, but don’t be an A-Hole. Never be afraid to be who you are. Don’t worry about other people’s BS opinion of you. Enjoy life and yourself. If people don’t like you for who you are then you don’t need them in your life. Simple as that. At the same time, if everyone you meet seems to think you’re an A-Hole, maybe you should take a step back and re-evaluate yourself.

17. Travel. If you can, travel. It’s a great thing to do. It can open you up to so many things that you will never experience in your own little corner of the world. Whether that be lifestyles and culture you could never have imagined, seeing nature in a new light, or giving you the shocking realization that there is something horribly wrong with the balance of power and wealth in this world. Traveling can lead to some great introspection and thought provoking experiences.

18. Be open minded. You don’t know it all. You never will. You also couldn’t possibly understand everything so be aware of that.

19. Love like a puppy. Don’t be afraid to let others in. Love unconditionally. If your heart gets broken, it will heal, and you will learn. But do not let it close you. At the same time, make sure that just because you love so openly that you don’t let others walk all over you. You can leave someone behind who treats you wrong, but still have a strong love for them. A lot of us have experienced that.

20. Ask why and be curious. Why is one of the single most powerful words we have as humans. It can open so many doors and lead to so much knowledge. Next time someone tells you something, instead of just accepting it, ask why. Dig deeper. Learn.

21. Follow your passions and your dreams. Do what you love and what you enjoy. Don’t settle. Not for a job. Not for a spouse. Not for anything. If you believe that you are capable of more, then go for it, but don’t forget to keep at least 1 toe on the ground so that you don’t lose everything great that you may already have.

22. Be a child. This is a culmination of many of the previous pieces of advice. Being a child means to love like a puppy. You open your arms with a blissful ignorance. You travel wherever you go, looking at things with a curiosity unmatched by any adult. You see things in a creative light and let your imagination run wild. When you’re in a taxi, you’re not just on your way to work avoiding traffic, you’re avoiding the bad guys and on a mission to save the world. You don’t judge. You don’t assume. You just accept. You listen and you learn, so intensely that others may assume you had no idea they were talking to you, but one day you’ll repeat what they said and surprise them. You ask why because you want to truly understand. You are yourself because you haven’t yet learned how to be anything but yourself, but at the same time your imagination will allow you to be and do anything you can dream. As a child, you are often selfish, but at the same time often so surprisingly giving because you don’t like to see others sad. You laugh and smile often because there’s not much else that feels better than that. You save your money, your pennies and your quarters go into the piggy jar because one day, you know you’ll buy something big. Each day is new and exciting. You don’t make excuses for not doing something because you don’t have any, when there is something you want to do, something you dream of, you go for it because you haven’t been told you can’t. You don’t understand that others might believe it’s impossible. You just be the best version of yourself because that is how life should be.

Now, I understand some may read all this and think, “Wow, this A-Hole lives in a fantasy land.” And you’re right. I do. Those who know me can attest, I believe I’m capable of anything. I hate to fail because I think I shouldn’t.

Some people think I’m too cocky, but that’s not exactly it. It’s that I believe there can be more. I believe very strongly in the quote “He who says he can, and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”

I actively try to live as I have mentioned above, and while it may be overly optimistic and sugar coated, I understand that life can be hard, but it doesn’t mean that you have to let it bring you down. Those people who you read about, those people who live on past their death through their legacies, those people, they believed in more. They believed that they could be more. They didn’t believe in giving up. They weren’t afraid to fail because all they could see was themselves past the finish line in a future where the world was a better place or where they reached their goal, and the only reason anyone else can’t be like that… is because they are holding themselves back.

If you’re not happy with your life. If you’re not happy with where you’re at. Then make a change. You can do it. You just need to believe.

I’m Lovin’ my Bloglovin

March 18, 2015 by Pat Lynch

If you like reading my blog every day, but don’t like having to make a special trip (via browser) to see what the day holds, I have a great solution for you.  There is a website called Bloglovin.com which can solve all of your problems.  It is a site that remembers all of the daily blogs that you want to read.  It goes to them every day, retrieves the latest additions, and parks them in your email inbox so that you can read them when you are going through your inbox every morning.

I have added about 200 blogs to my Bloglovin list.  It saves me at least half an hour each day.  I certainly don;t have interest in each of my favorite blogs every day.  So it becomes a waste of time for me to check them separately.  Now I can just scan the titles in my daily email from Bloglovin and read them if I want to, and skip them if I am not interested.

Just another time saver brought to you by me.              Pat

10 Amazing Free Resources

March 18, 2015 by Pat Lynch

Here are the top 10 websites and other resources you should absolutely check out. Bookmark them, and if you enjoy them then also bookmark this post and share it with your friends.

1. Every documentary you could ever want to watch

Who doesn’t just love to heat up a bowl of popcorn, curl under a blanket and tune into a great documentary?

Okay, perhaps that doesn’t quite fit the cliché but it still sounds pretty good.

Documentary Heaven as suggested by Redditor dragonangelx is an aptly named resource. The website contains hundreds of must-see documentaries, and the best part is that they’re all free to watch.

For any person who wants a new documentary to watch or just feels like learning something new, this is the #1 resource on this list.

2. Disposable email addresses

Have you ever wanted to get some sort of free resource, but had second thoughts because that resource comes at the dubious expense of having to divulge your email address?

Yeah, so have I.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to that too. bosco10382 recommends a website called 10 Minute Mail. Basically it generates an email address that only lasts for 10 minutes before being deleted. Now you can get your free resource without having to suffer through mailing list spam.

3. Automatic computer screen brightness

Are you on the computer at all hours of the day?

Are you tired of having to open  the blinds, shut the blinds, and change your room’s lighting just to avoid eye strain?

There’s an answer for that too.

hostile345 recommends a service called f.Lux. This software automatically adjusts your monitor’s brightness to match the lighting conditions of whatever room you’re in. You really can have it all.

4. Customizable background noises

Sometimes you just need some background noise so you can get work done. Music might do the trick, but then you have to figure out what to listen to. And what if the music just ends up distracting you even more?

A Soft Murmer is abovethegrass’s solution to this little conundrum. You can use the website to give yourself background noises like rain, wind, fire, thunder, and also sounds like birds chirping and a coffee house. Activate wind, thunder and coffee shop for the weirdest apocalypse soundtrack ever.

Other Redditors offered similar website suggestions such as Rainy Mood, Internet Fireplace and Simply Noise.

5. Education

There are FAR too many different places to list in this post, but fortunately they’ve all been combined into one insightful post by Fletch71011.

We are truly living in a golden age when the entire knowledge of the world is available at your fingertips. The age is even more golden when you realize that most of that knowledge is available for free if you know where to look.

From TED talks, to free university courses, to language learning and programming. As long as you have the time to devote to learning, your advanced education awaits.

6. Old-school Runescape

A cult classic for many old-school gamers, this version of Runescape has been preserved from its glory days.

Many things improve with age, but for people who grew up playing Runescape in its infancy or early stages, this bout of nostalgia will fill up your evenings with joy.

7. Money

Despite sounding too good to be true, if you know where to look it is possible to make money on the Internet by filling out surveys. Sure, it may not be huge amounts but cold hard cash is cold hard cash.

In fact, there’s an entire subreddit devoted to telling you exactly where to go to find these (legitimate) paying surveys. Check out /r/BeerMoney for a large variety of different places to go. Thanks to QUlNN for the suggestion.

8. Martial arts movies

As good as documentaries and education are, sometimes there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned beat-down.

A website devoted entirely to streaming kung-fu movies? Check! That exists too.

Thanks to JoelyRavioli we now know of a website where you can go to watch all of your favourites for free. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and many other classic kick ass martial artists are ready to be seen on the computer screen. Over and over…

9. Audiobooks

Listening to a book being read is a great way to pass the time. It’s also incredibly productive if you can listen while you’re commuting.

Where do you go to get audiobooks?

There’s a number of useful websites, but try AudioBook Bay for a free listing. Thanks to JennyPretzel for making the recommendation on this one.

By the way, you know all of those annoying Captcha’s you’ve had to fill out? Did you know that every time you type a Captcha comment you’re actually helping to digitize books? Check out this incredible TED talk by Captcha creator, Luis von Ahn, for more information.

10. Archived websites

Do you ever miss those old Geocities websites? Do you ever wish you could see all of the cheesy flashing graphics and experience those long load times again?

Yeah, me neither.

Still, a blast to the past can be a fun thing, which is why you might want to check out the Internet archives. Thanks to -eDgAR-’s suggestion, it is possible to view all of your favourite websites in their infancy after all.

Truven’s top 100 hospitals: Here’s who made the cut for 2015

March 9, 2015 by Pat Lynch

Truven Health Analytics named its top 100 hospitals for 2015, based on traditional performance measures such as 30-day readmission and mortality rates as well as a new metric on Medicare spending per beneficiary.

The annual awards are divided into five categories: teaching, major teaching, small, medium and large community hospitals. The winners, whose names were published March 2, showed a consistency in patient-related quality performance compared with hospitals that did not make the list, according to Truven. Overall, they achieved lower risk-adjusted mortality and 30-day rates, reported fewer complications, had fewer adverse safety events, followed evidence-based protocols, posted low expenses and scored higher on patient satisfaction surveys.

If hospitals nationwide followed these standards, Truven estimated, they would trim 2 percent off episode-of-illness expenses and save a total of $1.8 billion. Reaching these quality standards would result in 126,500 fewer deaths, 109,000 fewer incidences of patient complications and take a half day off the length of stay for a typical patient.

Hospitals with a long history of improvement and overall organizational performance also received Everest Awards. The list of top hospitals, with Everest Award winners in bold, are below.

Major teaching hospitals

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oaklawn, Ill.
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.
  • Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
  • Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus
  • Providence Hospital and Medical Center, Southfield, Mich.
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, Penn.
  • Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Calif.
  • University of California San Diego Medical Center
  • University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

CLICK HERE for the complete list

Georgia BMETs and Diagnostic Imaging Engineers Launch New Professional Society, HTMA-GA

March 6, 2015 by Pat Lynch

Greetings,

I am pleased to announce the launch of Georgia’s new Healthcare Technology Management Association, HTMA-GA.  Our goal is to provide an avenue for professional development through education and networking for medical and imaging equipment personnel working in the state of Georgia and surrounding areas.

HTMA-GA is a new organization, and as such, has a fluid mission and room for professionals and leaders like yourself to help mold HTMA-GA into one of the leading professional associations of its kind.  Through your participation, we can be whatever you want us to be.

 

Ben Lewis, President, HTMA-GABen Lewis

By becoming an individual member, for FREE, you’ll qualify for upcoming FREE education in your local area, as well as webinars and access to CMMS and TJC updates on our website.  When you become a member you will also have voting privileges in the association, which means that you will be able to influence the direction and goals of the organization. You can become an individual member by registering at https://htma-ga.org .

In addition to becoming a member I would also like to invite you to meet us at our Kickoff breakfast at the MD Expo in Nashville at 8am on March 30, 2015.  You can get a FREE VIP pass for the MD Expo, which is a hundred dollar value, by visiting our website and contacting any sponsor located at the bottom of the home page.

How is this free to you?  HTMA-GA receives its funds through Corporate Membership, which is $300 per year.  This fee allows them to send you ONE email PER YEAR which will share services that they can offer to meet your medical and imaging equipment needs.  Corporate members also get their logo and link located at the bottom of our home page.  As needed, Corporate Members may also opt to sponsor additional events.  Corporate members can register at https://htma-ga.org .

Financial accountability is extremely important to HTMA-GA.  Full financial details of our credits and expenditures are available to all individual and corporate members, as well as the general public on our Financial Accountability tab located on our website.

After signing up, please visit the forums page and tell us what you are looking to get out of HTMA-GA.  There is no better way to start off than to start off right!

I look forward to beginning this journey with you and working together to meet the needs of our profession in the state of Georgia.

 

Ben Lewis, MBA                                                                                                                                                                                                        President, HTMA-GA