Schedule Announced for 2016 CADTH Symposium

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Schedule Announced for 2016 CADTH Symposium

March 22nd, 2016

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April 10-12, 2016 – Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON

The schedule for this year’s CADTH Symposium in Ottawa, Ontario has been announced.  AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be a featured speaker on April 11th in order to present a discussion entitled “Canadian and Global Update on Efforts to Regulate Single-Use Device Reprocessing.”

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Journal of Medical Devices Study: OEM Single-use Devices Nearly Five Times More Likely to be Defective than Reprocessed Ones

March 18th, 2016

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Source: DOTmed HealthCare Business Daily News

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – March 15, 2016 – Original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) single-use devices (SUDs) may have higher defect rates than comparable reprocessed devices, a study in Journal of Medical Devices suggests. The independent study led by Banner Health was designed to increase the data available on defect rates of reprocessed SUDs. OEMs have historically claimed new devices have lower defect rates when compared to reprocessed devices. The FDA considers reprocessed SUDs that meet the FDA’s regulatory requirements to be substantially equivalent to new devices. The new study’s data supports the FDA’s position and suggests that reprocessed SUDs may actually have lower defect rates than new devices.

“In the era of value-based purchasing, medical devices that cost twice as much and are reported to be defective more frequently challenge conventional definitions of reliability and value,” study author Dr. Terrence J. Loftus, MD, MBA, FACS, former Medical Director Surgical Services and Clinical Resources at Banner Health, said in the report published in the December issue of Journal of Medical Devices.

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Opportunities in U.S. Reprocessed Medical Devices Market Increase Due to Cost-Saving Medical Devices & Environmental Considerations

March 17th, 2016

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Opportunities in U.S. Reprocessed Medical Devices Market Increase Due to Cost-Saving Medical Devices & Environmental Considerations

Source: Digital Journal

Due to technological advancements, medical devices no longer have to be uniformly disposed of; instead, many can be reprocessed to serve new purposes.  This has led to a surge in the reprocessed medical devices industry, which helps to reduce environmental waste and high equipment costs.

The United States Reprocessed Medical Device Market Research Report, published by Absolute Reports, offers an in-depth analysis of the current U.S. reprocessed medical device market, highlighting key manufacturers and providing revenue forecasts.

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6 Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Their Environmental Footprint

March 10th, 2016

Source: Julie Bird, FierceHealthcare

U.S. hospitals, which emit 8 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gases each year, need to do more to address climate change, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Reducing hospitals’ collective environmental footprint could save an estimated $15 billion over the next 10 years.

Lloyd Dean, President & CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health, recommends that hospitals employ the following practices in order to reduce their environmental footprint:

  1. Making environmentally preferred purchases
  2. Using safer chemicals
  3. Launching green building and resiliency initiatives
  4. Consuming less energy, water and raw materials
  5. Recycling
  6. Transitioning to renewable energy sources

 

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Practice Greenhealth Launches Hospital Sustainability Tool

March 8th, 2016

 

 

 

 

Source: Shannon Barnet, Becker’s Hospital Review

Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable healthcare, has announced a new tool designed to help hospital and health system professionals build support for sustainability by creating buy-in among key leaders.

The tool is called the Engaged Leadership Guide, and it includes strategies to address common misconceptions about sustainability, operational opportunities to embed environmental stewardship into existing strategic initiatives, power point templates and environmental programming worksheets.

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Reprocessing Highlights from the Engaged Leadership Guide:

“Smarter Purchasing: Follow step by step guidance to green the supply chain by taking on surgical kit reformulation, single use device reprocessing in certain categories, and purchasing greener electronics using the EPEAT certification.”

To view the full Healthier Hospitals guide, click here.

AMDR’s Dan Vukelich Addresses SUD Re-Manufacturing in Advance of Informa MedTech Summit

February 22nd, 2016

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AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be a featured speaker this summer at Informa’s Sterilisation for Medical Devices summit taking place in Brussels on June 16-17, 2016 on the implications of the SUD reprocessing provisions of the medical device regulation (MDR). 

Click here to read SUD Re-Manufacturing: Focus on Facts and Science, Not Fear and Doubt by Dan Vukelich, President, Association of Medical Device Reprocessors

For more information or to register to attend the 2016 Informa MedTech Summit, click here.

 

How Hospitals Can Reduce Costs in 2016

February 5th, 2016

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Hospitals & Health Networks’ Ken Kaufman has released five recommendations for 2016 that hospital leaders should focus on in order to “transform their organizations for a value-based, consumer-centric, Internet-oriented environment.”

Below are H&HN’s recommendations for implementing cost reduction:

Hospitals will need to achieve a deeper and more rigorous level of cost reduction. Our nation continues to struggle under the heavy burden of a financially unsustainable health care system. As the most expensive component of the health care system, hospitals will feel escalating pressure from government, commercial payers, employers and consumers to deliver care at a lower price. In this environment, cost reduction must become part of each hospital’s DNA…

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MedTech Summit Details Announced for Summer 2016 Industry Conference in Brussels, Belgium

January 22nd, 2016

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June 13-17, 2016

Sheraton Brussels Hotel 

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Informa has announced the dates and agenda for the 2016 MedTech Summit, to be held this summer in Brussels, Belgium. Over 300 industry professionals are expected to attend.  AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be among the featured speakers at the conference series.

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How Washington State’s Grays Harbor Community Hospital Has Minimized its Carbon Footprint

January 20th, 2016

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Washington State’s Grays Harbor Community Hospital is yet another example of an organization committed to reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing new technologies in order to make large-scale recycling more accessible.

“Working together with Stryker Sustainability Solutions, the ‘leading provider of reprocessing and remanufacturing services for medical devices,’ [Coordinator] Gamboa says the hospital has been able to repurpose more items than ever before. ‘In the past five years, we’ve been able to send more and more items through this process,’ she says. This includes everything from medical drill bits and staplers to laparoscopic sheets and more.”

“’From October 2014 to October 2015, we sent 3,381 pound [of medical devices] to Stryker for reprocessing and remanufacturing,’ Gamboa explains. ‘With an average national cost of waste pickup of $0.30/pound, we saved $1,014.30, but most importantly, we helped divert a huge portion of waste from the landfill,’ she adds.”

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University of Maryland Med Center Saves $1.2 Million through Reprocessing and Adoption of Energy Efficient Practices

January 8th, 2016

 

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University of Maryland Med Center Boosts Efficiency, Reduces Device Expenses

 

by Julius A. Karash

Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center’s sustainability manager.

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