Winter 2017
Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2017
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President's Message
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Membership and Advancement
Congratulations New Fellows!
Welcome New GCHEG Members
ACHE National News
National News Q4 2017
North Carolina Regent Message
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Career Articles
Bring Out the Most in Your Employees: 10 Tips for Managers
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2017 GCHEG Scholarship Winners Announced
Scholars Selected for ACHE's Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program
White Men as Full Diversity Partners
Young Health Leaders Summit
MACRA: The Quick Facts
Attitude Starts with Leadership
A Pledge to Excellence in Healthcare Leadership
Optimizing Your Potential: Healthcare Careerist Panel and Discussion Event
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Ransomware Tops List of Health Technology Safety Hazards
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2018 Day of Service
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Ransomware Tops List of Health Technology Safety Hazards

ECRI Institute named ransomware and other cybersecurity threats as the No. 1 hazard that warrants the greatest attention for the coming year. In the healthcare environment, ransomware and other types of malware attacks are more than just an IT nightmare. They are a potential patient-safety crises that can disrupt healthcare delivery operations, placing patients at risk.

Endoscope reprocessing landed in the No. 2 spot for 2018, as many healthcare facilities still struggle with consistently and effectively cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing these instruments between uses. Reprocessing failures can lead—and have led—to the spread of deadly infections. Other topics on the list include bed and stretcher support surfaces that remain contaminated between patients, missed alarms, equipment malfunctions resulting from the use of incompatible cleaning agents, patient burns from electrosurgical electrodes that are not safely holstered between uses, and unnecessary radiation exposures during digital imaging procedures.

The ECRI Institute Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list identifies potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other health technologies, as well as practical strategies for reducing risks, establishing priorities and enacting safety solutions.

—Adapted from “Ransomware and Other Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List,” by Laurie Menyo, ECRI Institute, Nov. 6, 2017.

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