Shrinking Computer Chips Expand Market for Point-of-Care Handheld Devices

Siemens AG has introduced a PDA-sized portable ultrasound machine dubbed the P10 that allows emergency room doctors to assess patients quickly and easily. Devices like the P10 are possible largely because analog chip makers are racing to develop electronics that allow portability. Like cell phones before them, these portable ultrasound machines will become increasingly smaller, faster, and cheaper over time. They will also consume far less power than their full-sized counterparts. Technology...

CMS Approves Norwegian Company for Hospital Accreditation in the U.S.

When it comes to hospital accreditation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  recently disrupted the status quo in at least three ways. First, last month it approved Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV)  as a hospital accreditation program in the United States. Significantly, this is the first new hospital accreditation organization in the U.S. in 40 years. Second, by taking this action, CMS is bringing the hospital industry closer to the use of ISO 9001 quality management...

Washington Post Gives Phlebotomists New Respect

One of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers recently recognized the importance of phlebotomy. The Washington Post reported that one school in our nation’s capital has phlebotomy students train on live humans rather than practice with oranges. With the title “They’re So Vein: Tapping a Job Market,” The Washington Post did a feature on career opportunities in phlebotomy and the training provided at Sanz College , in Washington, DC. In the July 14 story, the...
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