IMDA eNews 020723
The latest news affecting you and your customers…
from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association
Breakthroughs shrunk in 2022
Hospitals address ED violence
With roughly 85% of emergency physicians reporting in a recent survey that ED violence has increased over the past five years, health systems are taking action to protect providers and patients, according to a report in HealthLeaders. And while the most visible response is to increase security in the ED, some hospitals are using technology for a more proactive approach. At Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts, for example, administrators are using the electronic health record platform to identify ED patients with a history of threatening behavior, which pushes out alerts to the care team. Those alerts not only give providers advance warning, but can allow them to call in behavioral healthcare specialists to help those patients.
‘Leave non-competes to the states:’ AHA and AdvaMed
About 100 organizations, including the American Hospital Association, urged the Federal Trade Commission to extend by 60 days the comment period for a proposed rule that would ban as an unfair method of competition contractual terms that prohibit workers from pursuing certain employment after their contract with an employer ends. Comments on the rule, which would not apply directly to not-for-profit entities, are currently due March 20. AHA believes that questions regarding noncompete agreements’ enforceability should continue to be left to the states. It plans to comment on the rule and work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which intends to challenge the proposal. Also signing the Jan. 31 letter to the FTC was the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).
Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in October
Vizient is accepting applications for its 2023 Innovative Technology Exchange and is encouraging suppliers of medical equipment and technology who want to showcase their products to healthcare decision-makers to participate. The event will take place Oct. 3 in Dallas and the deadline to apply is April 7. Applications can be submitted here. The annual Innovative Technology Exchange offers selected suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their technologies to supply chain and clinical leaders from Vizient’s member hospitals and subject matter experts who serve on Vizient member councils. The event is part of a process that can earn candidates a Vizient Innovative Technology contract or designation for their product.