Curing Cancer Possible with Medical Imaging

Curing Cancer Possible with Medical Imaging

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Richard Frank, MD, PhD, FFPM (RCP), Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Strategy and Policy, Siemens Healthineers The Cancer Cure Moonshot Initiative is an ambitious and exciting endeavor that MITA fully supports. Curing cancer is impossible without medical imaging. Screening, surveillance, diagnosis, staging, prognostics, choice of therapy, targeting radiation therapy, monitoring therapeutic benefits, and detecting Read more […]

Focusing on Regulatory Environment

Focusing on Regulatory Environment

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Diane Wurzburger, Executive, Regulatory Affairs, GE Healthcare MITA’s Technical and Regulatory Committee (TRC) promotes a regulatory environment that supports growth and innovation in medical imaging. In 2016, the TRC set three priorities: successful Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) negotiations; critical to quality (CtQ) engagement, which is part of a of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Read more […]

Medical Device Tax Repeal: Good for Patients and Good for the Economy

Medical Device Tax Repeal: Good for Patients and Good for the Economy

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Andy Dhokai, MPPA, Director, Federal Relations, MITA As congressional action ceased as a prelude to national and local elections, MITA continued to make the case for full repeal of the 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. We are using the first year of a two-year suspension of the tax, passed in December 2015, to show members of…

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Building Safety Takes a Community

Building Safety Takes a Community

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA   How do you know when a state values building safety? That’s simple: you see a pattern of consistent adoption and implementation of current building and electrical codes. Value unfolds as early code adopters begin initiating their state or regulatory processes or when local communities support electrical safety after a flooding event. Multiple Read more […]

Twenty Cities Look to Tackle Energy Waste in Buildings

Twenty Cities Look to Tackle Energy Waste in Buildings

Buildings use 40 percent of the energy and about 80 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States, and much of that is wasted through the use of inefficient energy systems. NEMA has advocated for increased energy efficiency in buildings for a long time, and we are excited that, this week, ten new communities joined the City Energy Project (CEP). This project is a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, supported by…

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Standardizing the Value of Quality

Standardizing the Value of Quality

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jim Nestel, Manager Service Projects and Installations, Hitachi Medical Systems Only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service providers are required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have a quality management system (QMS) to assess medical imaging equipment. Although many non-OEM medical imaging device service providers perform excellent work, the lack of such a requirement leaves the Read more […]

2017 NEC Broadens Requirements for Surge Protective Devices

2017 NEC Broadens Requirements for Surge Protective Devices

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kenneth Brown, Director of Engineering, Leviton’s Commercial & Industrial business unit As evidenced by recent changes to the National Electrical Code® (NEC), implementing surge protection strategies is not simply for economic benefit but for public and personnel safety as well. Beginning in the 2014 edition of the NEC, and again in the 2017 edition, requirements have been added that call for surge Read more […]

Benchmarking and Transparency Work

Benchmarking and Transparency Work

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in Providence, Rhode Island, NEMA presented the results of its recent survey of New York City facility mangers. The survey found that building owners and managers are making operational changes and capital expenditures to improve the Read more […]

Working Together in Medical Imaging

Working Together in Medical Imaging

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Nelson Mendes, CEO, Ziehm Imaging and Chair, MITA Board of Directors As chair of the MITA Board of Directors, I am pleased to reflect on the ways MITA benefits the medical imaging industry, to highlight the work we’ve done in 2016, and to bring attention to the important role membership plays in our interactions with patients, providers, payers, and regulators. MITA’s member companies and staff set Read more […]

Repeal the Medical Device Tax

Repeal the Medical Device Tax

Encourage Medical Innovation, Save Lives, and Fuel the U.S. Economy This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) Investing in medical innovation is essential to ensuring the health and prosperity of our nation and affords the opportunity to export American ingenuity. Unfortunately, manufacturers’ ability to make such investments was threatened by a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that placed a 2.3 percent Read more […]