7 Ways to Mitigate Risks in Selecting Biomedical Equipment Services Providers

April 11th, 2014 · 2:39 pm  →  News and Notes
Selecting a Biomedical Equipment Services Provider

Partnering with a Biomedical Equipment Services Provider


Is your hospital  endeavoring to stay abreast of the enormous demands in healthcare which are now the “new normal”? Chances are your facility may be considering outsourcing  the  clinical engineering  function.  With today’s healthcare economic pressure,  this consideration  is being given more scrutiny than ever before.

Should this  describes  your healthcare facility, here are some top considerations to consider as you proceed in “picking” a partner.

#1  Talk with respected  biomedical  engineers via the healthcare provider grapevine. Ask them who they have found to be reliable and provide maximum equipment up-time. Take copious notes

#2 After coming up with a short list of biomedical equipment providers,  consider interviewing the managing principals of the   biomedical equipment services company under review.

#3 Ask questions. Make an inquiry about current and/or past  healthcare provider partnerships and get some tangible feedback as to how relationships were facilitated and clinical engineering “best practices” were facilitated.

#4. Request samples of customer surveys that attest to satisfaction with the biomedical equipment service providers rankings by various healthcare facilities.

#5 Seek the best cultural fit for your organization.

#6 Look for individuals who will manage up and down the chain of command in your healthcare facility

#7 Avoid being dazzled by “big company bundling” of other, non-related,  healthcare services into contracts such as facility maintenance or  food services along with biomedical equipment services. Upstream, the perceived “benefits” could  result in having one’s  hands tied were there to be displeasure with the quality of the biomedical equipment services rendered.

Consumer Report Ranks North Carolina Based Pardee Hospital 7th Safest in Nation

April 2nd, 2014 · 12:14 am  →  News and Notes
Biomedical Equipment Hands

Biomedical Safety Involves All Hands Working Together

Horizon CSA congratulates it’s biomedical equipment services customer Pardee Hospital for securing a top notch ranking nationally by Consumer Report. Dale Allman, Executive V. P. of Operations commented, ” We are extremely proud of  Pardee Hospital and also very humbled to participate as service provider. Our  biomedical equipment services team led by Matt Yates has had a  role also in this prestigious ranking by Consumer Report.”  http://www.horizon-csa.com

For more read Pardee  Hospital’s announcement from CEO Jay Kirby…….. Consumer Reports Rates Pardee Hospital 7th Safest Hospital in the Nation. Pardee Hospital scores a 73 which ranks us 7th in the nation for safety. This is certainly impressive considering a 100 point scale with the average hospital scoring just 51 points. The report compiles information from government and independent sources on 1,159 hospitals in 44 states. To produce this report they also interviewed patients, physicians, hospital administrators, and safety experts; reviewed medical literature; and looked at hospital inspections and investigations. Hospital choice may be ‘life or death’ “The differences between high-scoring hospitals and low-scoring ones can be a matter of life and death,” says John Santa, medical director of Consumer Reports Health. For example, pneumonia patients at top-scoring hospitals are 40% less likely to die within 30 days of admission than pneumonia patients at low-scoring hospitals.” This is yet another acknowledgment of our long-standing, continuous commitment to maintain the highest clinical quality and safety for our patients. I’m proud of this organization and of the talent and dedication that our medical staff and hospital team members are consistently being recognized for. This is another accolade for our medical staff, team members, hospital board and foundation to all be very proud of. I encourage you to share this rating with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s important that the people of our community know that their hospital is world-class. I’m proud to work alongside each of you. The following link helps put this ranking in context: Consumer Reports rates the safety of nearly 3,000 hospitals :: Is your hospital really as safe as you think?


In addition, Consumer Reports released an interactive map http://www.consumerreports.org/health/doctors-hospitals/hospital-ratings.ht m  that allows users to browse hospital safety scores inside each state. Our overall quality was also recognized in September 2013 by Consumer Reports, which rated Pardee as No. 1 in surgery in North Carolina: WLOS<http://youtu.be/kKykf1OKOBs>, Hendersonville Lightning http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/business/1948-consumer-repo rts-ranks-pardee-surgeries-no-1-in-n-c.html , Times-News<http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20130801/ARTICLES/130809988/> Jay Kirby [CRO_Health_RatingsHospitalsChart_2014.jpg] Jay Kirby, President/C

Biomedical Equipment Services Mitigate Risks for Patients

March 27th, 2014 · 8:45 pm  →  News and Notes
Thinking About Healthcare

Thinking About Biomedical Equipment Services?

Horizon CSA Recommends American College of Radiology Website

March 24th, 2014 · 11:34 am  →  News and Notes

in the interest of those who are seeking radiology resources, we recommend the American College of Radiology Website for current news, information, meetings and tools. For more…………………………………


Medical Technology - Management of Biomedical Equipment such as this Tomography machine

Horizon CSA Agrees Biomedical Equipment Technician Jobs Also Hot for 2014 and Beyond

March 17th, 2014 · 8:52 pm  →  News and Notes

While U. S. News promotes the top ten tech jobs for 2014, those of  in the biomedical equipment services arena know that there are many job openings for biomedical technicians and biomedical engineers. The future for these highly skilled workers who operate within healthcare provider settings is growing and growing with no end in sight. Horizon CSA agrees with the stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While they refer to “medical equipment repairers” in the occupational article  link below, the individuals hired to repair equipment in hospitals are called biomedical engineers, biomedical technicians and clinical engineers.

Biomedical Engineers

Medical Equipment Repairers-Biomedical Equipment Engineers











To  see U.S. News on “top ten” tech jobs predicted for 2014……http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/11-hottest-tech-jobs-of-2014/11


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Pardee Hospital Promotes Women and Family Health

March 4th, 2014 · 4:06 pm  →  News and Notes
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Dancing for Your Health


Horizon CSA applauds Pardee Hospital………..

Pardee is a  “Spirit of Women” http://spiritofwomen.com/  healthcare facility for participating in this delightful and engaging national campaign that promotes the health of women and families.

For more information on an event that is coming up on March 8, 2014, continue……


You are encouraged to get your dancing shoes and boots on and head out to Pardee’s event!

To Your Health….

The Horizon Advisor





Hospital Executives Plan to Increase Outsourcing of Services.

February 20th, 2014 · 6:06 pm  →  Horizon News + Notes Medical Technology Management

Last year in 2013,  “Modern Healthcare”, hospital executives  indicated that they plan to increase their outsourcing in “non-clinica”l areas going forward into the year ahead. (Modern Healthcare, “Executive Opinions on Purchasing,” August 2013).

The primary top 2 reasons that were proclaimed for taking such action towards “non-clinical” outsourcing were

Capitalizing on vendor expertise (47.4%)

Cost Reduction (42.1% cited)

While this development may be touted as a new trend for some hospital CEOs,  there have been countless  CEOS and COOS through the years who have come to know that there is enormous value in outsourcing . Horizon CSA has been involved in strategically partnering with healthcare facilities for a decade now.

Horizon CSA specializes in biomedical equipment services which have been highly validated as a pivotal cost savings and cost avoidance resource by many North Carolina and East Coast based healthcare facilities.

To find out if your hospital may be a candidate to “lead” in biomedical equipment services along with experiencing costs savings, cost avoidance and “found” revenues, feel free to contact us.



To Your Health!

The Horizon Advisor



AAMI SAYS Biomedical Engineering Equates to Hot Jobs Forecast

January 31st, 2014 · 6:34 pm  →  News and Notes

Robert King, Editor of  AAMI  says…..biomedical engineering equates to hot jobs.. We agree! http://www.aami.org/career/resources/changes/2010.nd.red_hot_profession.pdf

Riveting Top Issues Revealed from American College of Healthcare Executives

January 24th, 2014 · 5:49 pm  →  News and Notes

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If you want to get educated on the opportunities and challenges defined by healthcare executives, read the following report from the American College of Healthcare Executives. Financial concerns are the top “worry”.


Horizon CSA has responded to these financial concerns via risk mitigation, cost savings and cost avoidance for our entire existence. At the expense of “tooting our own horn”….our business model as an outsourced resource for biomedical equipment services and medical technology management dovetails with the ACHE’s primary concern…..aka “financial matters”.

Horizon CSA Asks Does Google Glass Have a Bright Healthcare Future?

January 22nd, 2014 · 5:11 pm  →  News and Notes
Google Glass for Doctors

Google Glass for Doctors

Horizon CSA has been noticing “Google Glass” for consumer applications.  We are of the opinion that Google Glass has some very real implications for healthcare applications…most of which are barely being incubated at this time.

So far, there  is lots of promise and perhaps some of the “quick to market” applications will be related to surgery.  How will HIPPA be incorporated into  glass applications? Time will tell and we are sure savvy software engineers who are “Glass-o-philes” will be bursting with enthusiasm over the prospect.  In any event,  here is a quick look at Google Glass and Some Implications for healthcare informatics……………………………………………………..


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