Category: Recalls



FDA Recalls Medtronic Insulin Pumps Due to Cyber Concerns

The U.S. FDA has recalled certain Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps due to potential cybersecurity risks and recommends that patients using these devices switch their insulin pump to models that are better equipped to protect against these potential risks.

FDA to Speed Posting of Product Recalls

In order to reduce the lag time between manufacturer action and FDA posting, the FDA announced in January that it would begin posting product recalls in the Medical Device Recall database before the agency’s own classification procedure ran its course. It will be a marked improvement from how things have been in the past, maintains biomedical expert William Hyman, ScD.

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Crisis Averted: Preparing for a Device Recall

When handled well—with the right messages—product recalls can improve a brand or company image. On the other hand, if a recall is handled badly, the damage can be fatal. The level of preparedness by a manufacturer going through a crisis can make or break its ongoing success and vitality. Fortunately, reacting quickly and being proactive with messaging is possible. It just takes adequate preparation.

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Updated Recall Management Tool Pairs Alerts to Hospital Equipment Inventory

ECRI Institute has released Automatch for Equipment, a new enhancement to its Alerts Tracker automated recall management solution. The feature is designed to automatically identify equipment models and supplies within a healthcare facility’s inventory that are impacted by an FDA alert or recall and notify designated department staff, reducing the need for manual inventory searches.

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Creative Problem Solving and the Future of HTM

Now more than ever, creative thinking and problem solving are integral to the healthcare technology management profession, says George Mills of The Joint Commission. Today’s clinical engineers must develop the relationship between IT and patient care and understand the interconnectedness of hospital systems. This article is part of 24×7’s 20th anniversary coverage.

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End Times: Planning for Capital Equipment Purchases

Clinical engineering plays a central role in planning for the replacement and acquisition of new capital equipment. The data you provide will directly impact the day-to-day operations and financial well-being of your organization for years to come. So what information do you need to provide, where do you get it, and who needs to receive it?

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A Way Forward: Meeting the Top 10 Challenges in HTM

Ask ten different biomeds what’s most challenging about their job, and chances are you’ll end up with ten different answers. 24×7 asked three industry veterans for their expert opinions on the most important issues facing the healthcare technology management field, and then boiled down their thoughts to arrive at a “top 10.” Among their responses? Ensuring supportability, creating actionable data, and increasing training in “systems thinking.”

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ECRI Decision-Making Tool Simplifies Medical Technology Purchases for Hospitals

ECRI Institute has launched TruVu, a decision-making tool designed to help hospitals move away from emotionally-driven technology purchases. The platform allows stakeholders to see the impact of a change to a product feature, service contract price, or physician preference on a shared platform before making a purchasing decision.

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