Laborie’s New 2020 Urodynamics Equipment: The Good and The Bad

Posted by Dr. Peter Steinberg on Feb 21, 2020 1:48:01 PM

Disclaimer: I have not used the new system myself and relied upon colleagues who have for reviews. Additional information is from review of Laborie’s marketing materials.

Laborie’s new NXT Pro urodynamics (UDS) system has a variety of features designed to make the user operations simpler and more intuitive. In addition, technological enhancements allow automation of several aspects of the exam and Bluetooth connections to monitoring devices.

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Topics: Insider, Urodynamics Testing, urodynamics, urodynamics equipment, urodynamic catheters, urodynamics service provider

Urodynamics: Complications That Can Be Easily Avoided.

Posted by Dr. Peter Steinberg on Dec 31, 2019 7:41:44 PM

Urodynamics (UDS) is a relatively safe office procedure; however, as with any invasive procedure or test, there are risks associated with performing UDS. A few simple steps can help avoid complications in the majority of patients. Most of the complications associated with UDS are related to urinary tract infections (UTI) and the majority of this blog will focus on that. Additional complications include pain, patient anxiety and injury from catheter placement.

 

UTI is the most common serious complication of UDS testing, though the frequency of this is difficult to quantify.1 There are excellent guidelines on this from the University of Michigan1 and the American Urologic Association (AUA) also offers guidance for the prevention of UTI’s associated with UDS.2

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Topics: Urodynamics Testing, urodynamics service provider, Medical Practice Operations

Additional Diagnostic Tests Commonly Used with Urodynamics (UDS)

Posted by Dr. Peter Steinberg on Sep 25, 2019 6:32:02 PM

Urodynamics (UDS) testing is usually performed in conjunction with a slew of other urologic tests and functions in concert with other diagnostics. This blog post will explore other common tests used in patients who will be having UDS testing and explains the indications and data that come from those other assessments.

            All patients who have UDS will undergo a comprehensive history, physical and laboratory testing. The history will focus on the specific urologic complaints the patient has, but also bowel issues, neurologic disorders and whatever medications the patient is on as well. Surgical history, especially related to urinary tract and anti-incontinence surgery is critical as is diet information. Lab testing will include a urinalysis to search for blood or infection, urine culture if infection is suspected, and many patients will have serum lab testing to assess kidney function.

          

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Topics: Urodynamics Testing, outsourcing diagnostics, urodynamics service provider, Uroflowmetry, Urology Practice Trends, Post-Operative Urodynamics

Are Urologists Properly Trained in Urodynamics (UDS) During Training?

Posted by Dr. Peter Steinberg on Jul 30, 2019 7:53:06 PM

UDS is a critical procedure in the practice of urology and the management of voiding dysfunction in men and women. All urologists receive exposure to UDS testing during residency training. In the United States, residents are required to perform and interpret 10 UDS studies in order to graduate from residency. In addition, some residents choose to undertake fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), where substantial exposure to UDS is had. UDS testing certainly is utilized in significantly more patients and a part of care for many other patients encounter during training; however, as with many other skills, there will be a wide range of exposure during training and quality will certainly vary between programs.

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Topics: urodynamics, urodynamics training, clinical operations, urodynamics service provider, Medical Practice Operations

How Nurse Educator Services Influence Medical Device Utilization Rates

Posted by Clark Love on Jul 12, 2019 8:04:22 PM

There has been a recent trend on the part of both pharmaceutical and medical device companies to employ nurses and then deploy them in the field in different roles to support their products—the products being drugs and devices, respectively. Given the clinical background and medical knowledge of nurses, this has been a win-win situation for everyone, including the end users of the products, such as patients and healthcare teams and professionals. For medical device companies that have overlooked the trend, it’s something that needs to be given some serious thought since nurse educator services can have a meaningful and lasting impact on medical device utilization rates.

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Topics: Brighter Health Network, urodynamics training, urodynamics staffing, ancillary services, urodynamics service provider

Urodynamics Equipment: Things to Consider and Reasons Not to Buy

Posted by Clark Love on Jun 19, 2019 5:53:41 PM

If you ended up on this blog post, you are probably thinking about buying urodynamic equipment or are evaluating purchasing options. If you are, I am going to lay out an argument for not buying it.  As with purchasing any medical equipment, there are many hidden pitfalls. I want to lay out some of these pitfalls and detail an alternative to buying urodynamics equipment.

 

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Topics: urodynamics interpretation, urodynamics service provider, urodynamics profitability, Medical Practice Operations

7 Common Mistakes Made by Medical Device Field Service Organizations

Posted by Clark Love on May 6, 2019 5:24:00 PM

The effective provision of medical device field service is not a simple process to optimize. There are many factors that influence operations, from resources and technology to staff management and coordination. Field service organizations that keep track of all of these different factors manage to provide a seamless and efficient service and keep their customers satisfied.

But no business is perfect from the get-go. In most cases, a period of trial and error is unavoidable while getting a grasp of the intricacies of running and managing field service operations, especially when it comes to medical devices. Being aware of the most common mistakes made in the delivery of field service support can significantly shorten the learning curve.

 

With that in mind, here are some of the most common errors that medical device field service organizations commit while providing and managing their service:

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Topics: outsourcing diagnostics, urodynamics staffing, clinical operations, urodynamics service provider, Medical Device Field Service

Laborie Goby Urodynamics System Overview

Posted by Pete Butcher on Feb 15, 2019 4:23:01 PM

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Topics: urodynamics equipment, urodynamics staffing, urodynamics service provider

Is Your OBGYN Practice a Failing Business?

Posted by Dr. Peter Steinberg on Aug 17, 2018 9:09:55 PM

Strategic Partnering.

Is your OBGYN practice a failing business? BHN (Brighter Health Network) would like to know. So should you.You’re busy. Your parking lot has a brisk turnover and your lunches are hurried. CME costs much more than tuition when you add up the money lost while out of your office. You have good months most of the time, but you also have your “marginal” months. All the more confusing is that today’s shortfall is based on what you did six weeks ago, while the piper who demands payment demands it today.

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Topics: urodynamics staffing, urology, urodynamics service provider, urodynamics profitability

Marketing Ancillary Services for Your Practice - 6 Useful Ideas

Posted by Clark Love on Jul 11, 2018 6:27:07 AM

My company provides mobile urodynamics, anorectal manometry (ARM), and other diagnostic testing services, serving hundreds of practices and hospitals across the U.S.

We are considered a core service by many of our customers, but we are considered ancillary services by others.  We are regularly exposed to the ancillary medical services marketing efforts that practices pursue to attract patients to their ancillary services.  

Many marketing efforts are quite successful, while others yield almost no results. Below are a few of the ones we see working consistently.

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Topics: urodynamics, ancillary services, urodynamics service provider, Medical Practice Operations

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