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HTMs and the rapidly changing work environment


I attended my first tradeshow symposium this month since the pandemic began almost 20 months ago. The MD Expo was held in Las Vegas and I was delighted to see so many familiar faces…yes, their faces, as there were unmasked faces in the booths!

I attended several presentations (all excellent by the way) but I wanted to highlight two that especially resonated with me: (1) Work Orderology presented by David Scott and Alan Gresch, and (2) Cost-Effective Strategies in Healthcare Technology Management, presented by Izabella Gieras. Both focused on creating HTM efficiencies and the power of analytics over anecdotes, i.e., don’t tell me how busy you are, show me the data that quantifies how busy you are! The Work Orderology session was a Venn coupling analytics with efficiencies demonstrated by how many hours HTMs spend on the device versus non-device-related work. Specifically, it broke down like this – 1,001 hours spent on devices, 859 hours on non-device activities. That is a real wake-up call for the need to become more efficient in the area of non-device activities that often take away time with devices.

With the trend of HTMs reporting more and more to the IT department the need for more automated devices in the HTM toolbox becomes apparent. For example, Acertara introduced an updated cloud-based AmpSafe™ electrical leakage ultrasound probe tester that automatically notifies the responsible HTM via email that a specific (via serial number) TEE (transesophageal) probe being processed in central cleaning just failed the electrical leakage test (along with the test report – see below). This instant notification allows the HTM to immediately take action on getting the probe repaired or replaced before someone shows up on their doorstep with a dead probe in their hands! This test device is one in a series of automated test devices that Acertara will be introducing over the coming months.

Until next month,

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From: AmpSafe Reports <>
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2021 3:39 PM
To: Designated HTM
Subject: Leakage Test Result

AmpSafe™ Leakage Test Result

The following test Failed. Details are below:

Probe Information

Probe Make:GE
Probe Model:6VT-D
Serial Number:SN9513

Performance Report

Measured Current:126.20uA
Failure Threshold:100uA
Test Outcome:Failed

Test Conditions

Test Date:10/25/2021 22:38:57
Institution:Local Hospital
Operator:John Jones
AmpSafe S/N:SN00005
AmpSafe Calibration Date:July 28th, 2021
AmpSafe SW Version:1.0.0


November 9, 2021 Newsletter