A great site for most anything you need to run a business

April 21, 2015

Businessballs is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England.

Businessballs.com launched at the end of 1999. The concept began a few years earlier as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. Alan originally created the Businessballs name for juggling balls in his training and development business.

The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.

Quizballs.com, a website dedicated to quizzes, operated by and extending the quizzes already available on Businessballs, was launched in October 2011.

BMET Career Called One of the ‘Five Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of’ by Money Magazine

April 20, 2015

Citing an increasing demand for healthcare services, Money Magazine lists the biomedical equipment technician (BMET) career among an elite group it is calling ‘The Five Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of,’ in an online article the magazine published this week.

The article, written by Daniel Bortz, identifies the BMET occupation, dubbed medical equipment repairer, and four others as “still under-the-radar careers—all of which are growing at a rate far greater than the 11% national average.” Bortz notes that BMET job growth through 2022 is projected at 30%.

The article is just the latest accolade for the profession, which has previously been selected as a top job by U.S. News & World Report and other national publications.

BMETs are among a group of highly skilled specialists—known as healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals—who use their expertise to ensure the safety, efficacy, and availability of life-saving healthcare technologies. HTM professionals—including BMETs—work with clinicians and other healthcare personnel to ensure the highest standards and best practices in medical device safety, security, interoperability, and functionality. More information on the HTM field is available at www.IamHTM.org.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), a nonprofit that supports the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology, welcomes the recognition.

“Working as closely as we do with BMETs and other HTM professionals, we are intimately aware of the critical contributions they make to patient care, patient safety, and the overall healthcare system,” says AAMI President Mary Logan. “But having validation of the field from such a prominent publication as Money Magazine is very gratifying.”

The Money article directs readers to AAMI’s website (www.aami.org) for more information.

A longtime supporter and promoter of the field, AAMI has recently developed or updated various HTM resources, including its Core Competencies for the Biomedical Equipment Technician (a guide for BMET curriculum development for academic institutions); career guidance such as the new Career Planning Handbook and Leadership Development Guide; an HTM program-planning tool called the HTM Levels Guide; and the I am HTM campaign, designed to raise awareness of the field.

Additionally, AAMI sponsors an annual celebration called “Healthcare Technology Management Week” each May. This year, the celebration will be held May 17–23.

The other four growing but still “under-the-radar” jobs noted in the Money article are nuclear medicine technologist, digital risk officer, health-and-wellness educator, and industrial-organizational psychologist.

AAMI (www.aami.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology.

Happiest U.S. Cities of 2014: The List

April 17, 2015

What is your CIO reading? Here is the list.

April 16, 2015

10 management must-reads for CIOs

For CIOs, books on management can quickly become outdated as technology quickly develops and is introduced into the market, says David Wagner, executive editor of community and IT life at InformationWeek.

“If you browsed the CIO literature from just a few short years ago, it would feature tips on running the data center with the fewest costs possible,” he writes in an InformationWeek post.

However, some “classic” books on IT offer evergreen lessons for those steering IT departments. He offers the following 10 books as must-reads for CIOs.

  1. “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t” by Robert I. Sutton, PhD
  2. “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz
  3. “Burning the Ships: Transforming Your Company’s Culture Through Intellectual Property Strategy” by Marshall Phelps and David Kline
  4. “The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done” by Peter F. Drucker
  5. “The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford
  6. “The Un-Bossy Boss: 12 Powerful Questions to Make You a Great Manager” by Gary Magenta
  7. “The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership” by Martha Heller
  8. “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” by Clayton Christensen
  9. “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  10. “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution” by Chris Anderson

7 step process for investigation incidents that include medical devices

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10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations

April 14, 2015

ECRI Institute:

Despite the considerable progress that has been made in improving patient safety in recent years, there is still much work to be done.

The ECRI Institute has published a list of the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations, to help guide providers’ discussions and improvement initiatives. Highlighted below are the top concerns for 2015, according to the ECRI Institute.

1. Alarm hazards. In addition to alarm fatigue, healthcare institutions should have policies and practices in place that address alarm configuration, including whether alarms should be left on their default settings or changed by care area and who can make adjustments to the alarm settings and when.

2. Data integrity. While health IT has provided many benefits to healthcare institutions — such as supporting clinical decision making, enhancing provider communication and engaging patients — it has created new safety risks as well. Incorrect or missing data in EHRs and other health IT systems present major concerns for healthcare organizations trying to identify data integrity failures and prevent errors.

3. Patient violence. The emergency department isn’t the only care setting in which patient violence is a problem, violence occurs in all care settings, including oncology and maternity units. Behavioral cues that signal imminent violence are often times dismissed or poorly handled by clinical staff in acute care units that lack training in behavioral health.

4. IV line mix-ups. It is not uncommon for patients — particularly those in critical care settings — to have multiple intravenous infusions, which increases the risk of clinicians connecting lines to the wrong infusion pump, fluid container or administration route. Switching IV lines can lead to medication errors, wrong-site infusions and other serious consequences.

5. Medication reconciliation. Inadequate medication reconciliation during the admission, transfer or discharge of a patient can lead to medication errors, inadequate follow-up care and hospital readmissions. Medication reconciliation is challenging to conduct effectively if the patient or family members have not kept accurate medication records and requires strong care coordination efforts to prevent errors.

6. Independent double checks. Failing to conduct truly independent double checks for high-alert medications can lead to major issues for patients, including drug overdose. Healthcare organizations need to emphasize the importance of independent double checks for staff to increase buy-in and create processes that avoid the potential for confirmation bias.

7. Opioid-related events. In addition to opioid overdoses, healthcare organizations have to be mindful of gastrointestinal adverse events, hyperalgesia, pruritus, and immunologic or hormonal dysfunction. Using adverse event databases and trigger tools to investigate opioid-related events and monitor the drug’s reversal agent is dispensed can help healthcare organizations avoid problems.

8. Endoscope and surgical instrument reprocessing. The subpar reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments can lead to potentially severe harm to patients from the transmission of infectious agents remaining on the reusable devices. When dealing with new disinfectants, cleaning agents or cleaning brushes, healthcare institutions should evaluate the impact of the change for any ripple effect on the quality of the process.

9. Patient handoffs and transport. The risks of patient transport vary with patient acuity but safely transporting patients involves identifying and providing appropriate resources and requirements for each patient during transport and includes proper handoff communication to and from appropriately trained transporters.

10. Pound-kilogram mistakes. Mixing up pounds and kilograms when dealing with medication dosages is an error not specific to emergency departments and hospitals — they can happen “anyplace that has a scale” and are particularly risky for children and older patients who may be more sensitive to medication dosing errors

Here is a paid job to work overseas in Biomed

April 13, 2015

Biomedical Equipment Technician Country Coordinator


Job posted by: Engineering World Health

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Job description

Engineering World Health: Biomedical Equipment Technician Country Coordinator

Engineering World Health retains staff members to manage biomedical equipment technician (BMET) training programs and to oversee creation of hospital-based Biomedical Engineering Centers of Excellence (COE). These programs provide practical technical and management training to developing world hospital technicians and managers in their home countries.

The goal of EWH’s BMET program is to increase the technical and healthcare technology management capacity of the host country by developing a wide base of skilled technicians and managers within the country who can repair and maintain medical equipment to improve health care. In the COE projects, we train management skills and create a Biomed Shop set up to international standards. As an outcome, the country should have a sustainable program able to continue training at a local educational institution or COE after direct EWH involvement in the country ends.

EWH is presently funded to manage programs in: Rwanda, Cambodia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Honduras. We anticipate additional funding that will allow us to begin BMET programs in other countries. Each BMET program initiated by EWH requires staff oversight of approximately three years. Renewal is possible. Experienced and successful coordinators may have opportunities in future country assignments as well. BMET Country Coordinators may be responsible for multiple countries (program scope dependent).

The current job opening is for one full-time Country Coordinator to manage anticipated new programs in an East African country. The coordinator can be remote to our headquarters in Durham, NC, with frequent travel and stays in East Africa to manage the programs and conduct training. The entire BMET training program is supervised by EWH’s Chief Operating Officer. Each Country Coordinator reports to the Chief Operating Officer. Remote home locations are flexible, depending on experience, but proximity to a major airport is desirable.

In each country EWH serves, the BMET Country Coordinator will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Performing in-country assessment trips: Before classes or other training begins, the coordinator will visit the country to meet with stakeholders, possibly including governmental agencies, educational institutions, hospital directors, and NGOs. Coordinators will consult with these organizations to determine the best strategy for implementing the training program. EWH collaborates with Duke University for assessment.
  • Assisting with the development of an appropriate training curriculum: Based on information gathered on the assessment trip, a curriculum and/or training plan suitable for the host country or hospital system COEs must be developed.
  • Instructing or arranging instructors for the training courses, or scheduling BMETs for COE mentoring: The coordinator will be responsible for delivering instruction, either personally or by arranging for visiting instructors with relevant expertise, in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer. Classroom sessions will typically occur twice per year for one to two months.
  • Managing on-the-ground staff and/or volunteers: The BMET training program will deploy an on-the-ground coordinator (OTGC) to act as a teaching assistant and facilitator to assist students as they work in their respective hospitals. The Country Coordinator will manage the work of the OTGC to ensure the quality of his or her performance in assisting students and as an ambassador for EWH. The Country Coordinator will also provide the OTGC with any information or materials necessary.
  • Seeking opportunities for expansion of the EWH BMET Training Program: While the Country Coordinator is performing his or her duties in the assigned country and at the EWH office in Durham, NC, he or she will strive to identify, investigate, and secure additional locations within the assigned country and funding sources for expanding the BMET training program to other areas/hospitals.
  • Evaluating success of the program and student progress: The coordinator will assist EWH educational partners with developing and recording measurements of the success of the program. These could include assessments of student performance, numbers of students trained, and impact on the local hospitals, health care systems, and patients.
  • Ensuring sustainability of the training program after EWH direct involvement ends: Thus far, EWH has received funding for three-year training programs. An in-country educational institution dedicated to continuing the training program after this time period must be identified right from the start.
  • Adhering to any project reporting requirements: EWH’s funders require periodic written reports on the progress of the program before authorizing continued financial support. Internal reporting for EWH is also required for ongoing program management tasks such as budgeting, quality control, and scheduling classes, travel and instructors.
  • Managing the budget: The Country Coordinator must manage and record the program’s expenditures to ensure that each aspect of the program receives sufficient funding and that the entire program does not exceed its budget. Financial details and decisions will be reported to the EWH Director of Finance and Administration and approved by the EWH Chief Operating Officer.

EWH is seeking a BMET Country Coordinator who fulfills the following minimum requirements:

BME, BMET degree, or relevant military training (USAMEOS or METC).

  • Experience as a working BMET, CBET, or CCE in hospitals.
  • Experience in Healthcare Technology Management and/or as a Biomed Shop Manager.
  • Previous experience in the developing world.
  • Strong organizational skills, influencing/persuasive skills, and customer/people skills.
  • Speaking , coaching, mentoring, and instructional skills.
  • Experience managing formal projects, including budget projection, and financial reporting.
  • Strong desire to make a difference and work to help people.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please email HR@ewh.org with a cover letter and an attached resume. Use a subject line of “BMET Country Coordinator.” You may also call EWH at 919.682.7788 to inquire about the position. Start date: August/September 2015. References will be required.


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