Julie Kirst, Editor

Milestones, such as a New Year, offer us the opportunity to make fresh beginnings—a time to reevaluate our goals and make a plan for new directions and growth. In your work, whether you have made a commitment to learn about a new device, sharpen your current skills, or just become more informed about the changes in your profession, 24×7 stands at the ready to help.

The ever-popular ultrasound modality takes center stage with our new Ultrasound Community, found here online. This recent offering provides a world of ultrasound at your fingertips. With up-to-the-minute content each week, you will learn about new service programs, the latest approvals by the FDA, and how new devices are being used, such as the article that covers the Italian government’s implementation of the Vscan by GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis, a cell-phone-size ultrasound system that displays black and white anatomic and color-coded bloodflow ultrasound images in real time.

Our online support just begins there. Our successful, weekly e-newsletter, Weekly Jolt, provides current news to keep you informed about recalls, new products and services, association news, and more. If you are not receiving it in your inbox, sign up from our home page to be sure you don’t miss a thing. We will also begin a twice-monthly e-newsletter, Vital Signs, focused on test and simulation equipment. Look for this in mid-January.

Other online paths to growth include our online classifieds. If turning the page to the New Year also means looking for a new career opportunity, our online classifieds can help you connect with employers looking for your skills.

If you are involved in an association or you provide training, we have multiple avenues for you to spread the word about your meetings and events. First, you can post them in our online calendar. “Like us” on 24×7’s Facebook page, where you can also post photos of your events. Follow us on Twitter and share your news, and make sure you join our LinkedIn group where you can start a discussion or comment on one.

The Biomeds’ Blog also gives you a voice. We welcome your comments on posted topics, and if there’s a topic, opinion, or a question you want feedback on, send it to me and I’ll post it on your behalf.

Also, remember our Expert Insight section features experts on ultrasound, MRI coil repair, and suction & oxygen therapy products. These experts can answer your questions in these areas free of charge, so take advantage of their help. With regular updates to our news section, our online Buyer’s Guide, and polls, our Web site continues to evolve with all you need to stay informed and help you on your path of new resolutions.

Our monthly print magazine stands as our flagship product. Each month, we focus on the compelling topics dominating the industry. Gathering knowledge from a variety of expert sources, we give you comprehensive information covering such areas as training, certification, service challenges, management issues, and products. These articles, along with our department profiles, make 24×7 a strong educational tool. And, with the accelerated move toward the electronic health record and collaboration with IT gaining momentum, you can trust our monthly “Networking” column to provide guidance through the maze of new standards and uncertainties regarding connectivity.

As the industry changes and moves to a new beat, 24×7 will be right there to give you the tools you need to succeed in your quest. 24×7

Julie Kirst