By Keri Forsythe-Stephens

On September 28, I received an e-mail that shook me to the core. It was from Bryan Harrington—son of 24×7 Magazine editorial board member, HTM icon, and all-around wonderful person, Dave Harrington—informing me that his father had passed away the day before.

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

To say that there’s now a void in the HTM sector is a vast understatement. In an article commemorating Dave on 24×7 Magazine’s website (Click here to read the article for yourself.), friends and colleagues shared their favorite memories of him in the comments section. One such individual, Adrian Richards, called Dave a “great mentor,” who was “passionate, inspirational, and a hard worker.”

“Our profession is all the better for [having him in it]. We should all commit to continuing his cause of championing patient safety, improving our profession, and calling things as they really are,” Richards wrote.

Richards’ first point—championing patient safety—is something discussed in this month’s issue of 24×7 Magazine, particularly as it relates to the diagnostic imaging sector. The first article, a roundtable with several ultrasound industry experts, provides HTM professionals with sound advice regarding the maintenance of ultrasound devices—advice that will help them in their quest to improve patient safety.

Subsequent imaging-related articles—“Innovations in Medical Imaging” and the “RSNA Product Preview”—discuss what’s new in the radiologic sector and disclose some of the technologies that will be displayed at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which takes place from November 25-30 in Chicago. After all, what’s unveiled at RSNA—radiology’s premier annual meeting—will undoubtedly have strong implications for the entire medical device sector.

Like in previous years, 24×7 Magazine—and our sister publication AXIS Imaging News—will be onsite at RSNA and watching all the innovation unfold firsthand. Those of you who have the pleasure of attending RSNA 2018, make sure to stop by booth 1303 and meet members of our editorial team.

And in the spirit of Dave Harrington—who will be sorely missed by many (including me)—keep on championing patient care and improving the delivery of healthcare. Your contributions aren’t unnoticed.

Along those lines, I would also like to formally introduce you to our newest editorial board member, Jeffrey Ruiz. A long-time veteran of the HTM field, Jeffrey serves as a technology manager with Aramark Healthcare Technologies, as well as an adjunct professor in the biomedical engineering program at Muskegon Community College in Michigan. I know Jeff will add a wealth of knowledge to the board—and we are very lucky to have him.

Keri Forsythe-Stephens is chief editor of 24×7 Magazine. Questions and comments can be directed to [email protected].