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Integrating patient-care devices with information technology

19 October 2006

Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA. ECRI, a nonprofit health services research agency with offices around the globe, will provide guidance on navigating some of the stumbling blocks associated with the convergence of medical devices and information systems during a November 15, 2006, audio conference.

The escalating number of medical devices designed with software-based features presents new challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems. To ensure patient safety and optimal performance, clinicians and hospital staff must prepare for this integration of information technology (IT) into a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic devices.

In the audioconference, expert presenters will discuss protecting patient privacy, ensuring that clinicians understand how to use complex devices, and making informed purchasing decisions. Attendees will gain an understanding of key convergence-related policies to develop (eg patient data security); practical considerations for purchase decision-making; and critical patient safety concerns. Audio conference participants will also learn about key infrastructure issues and staffing needs that must be addressed in order to effectively prepare for the use of IT-based medical technologies.

"Navigating New Territories: The Convergence of Medical Devices and Information Technology" will take place Wednesday, November 15, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST (12:00 to 1:15 p.m. CST; 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. MST; 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. PST). Expert speakers will discuss:

  • Core competencies required to manage IT/medical device convergence
  • Technologies to adopt now versus those to wait on
  • New business issues to consider
  • Lessons learned from IT-based medical device implementations (e.g., cardiology PACS)

Conference speakers will include James Keller, MS, Vice President, Health Technology Evaluation and Safety, ECRI; Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Biomedical Engineering, Partners Healthcare System, Inc.; Stephen L. Grimes, FACCE, Director of Clinical Engineering, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Nathan Pinkney, BS, RDMS, Senior Project Engineer, ECRI.

The deadline for registration and payment is Friday, November 10, 2006.

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