Well-known biomedical consultant Patrick Lynch will address some of the critical issues facing clinicians today in two separate talks offered through the Intermountain Clinical Instrumentation Society (ICIS).

Measuring the Value of Clinical Engineering—The Only Metric Needed to Compare Operations(November 13 at the University of Utah) lays out Cost of Service Ratio (COSR), a tool Lynch says can be applied to benchmarking and as insurance against outsourcing. Lynch will discuss methods for persuading management to adopt COSR as the primary metric for biomedical and imaging engineering.

The following night (November 14 at St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise), Lynch offers a playbook for navigating hospital power structures. Politics 2013: How to Survive in the Dog-Eat-Dog World of Hospital Politics profiles the five departments successful biomeds need to understand in order to accomplish their professional goals: administration, accounting, human resources, IT, and materials management. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own stories to this interaction session.

For more information, visit the ICIS website