A Look into Artificial Intelligence in Medical Devices

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Sep 25, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

Sharing a name with one of the most popular Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies of current times (thanks for that, Amazon), I’ve learned a thing or two about what AI is capable of. Beyond summoning your road trip playlist or helping your figure out what actor was in that movie you watched last week, AI is capable of more than you could imagine.

The medical device industry has noticed this too—and they’re using it to save lives.

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New Video: A Quality Management Platform for Businesses of Every Size

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 20, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

Humans are a progressive species, always looking to innovate and move forward. But with progress comes change, and change brings new risks.

That’s where EtQ comes in. For over 25 years, we’ve been the constant support businesses need to move forward. We’re with you every step of the way, growing and scaling as your business adapts in a fast-paced environment.

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A Look Back on EtQ’s Summer Activity: The Marcum Workplace Challenge

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 19, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

The 2017 Marcum Workplace Challenge was a huge success! The Marcum Challenge was a 3.5-mile run/walk for charity and Long Island’s largest office picnic.

The EtQ Fun Committee put together a great picnic for our employees who came to participate in the run/walk. We had a handful of team members competing in the race and invited friends and family to come join us!

This year, the event attracted more than 12,000 participants from 195 corporate teams and we are proud to have been one of them. Since the tradition began, the Marcum Challenge has raised more than $700,000 for charity beneficiaries including the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM), Children’s Medical Fund of New York, Long Island Cares, Inc – The Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Disruptive Pharma: 4 Innovation Trends to Watch

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Sep 18, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Wikipedia. Smartphones. LED light bulbs. Ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. All of these innovations have turned traditional industries on their head in recent years, a pointed reminder that exponential change is possible even in the most well-established sectors of the economy

The pharmaceutical industry is ripe for this kind of disruptive innovation, facing challenges that include rising costs, aging patient populations and negative public image.

What form will the next major disruptive innovation take?

This post looks at 4 innovation trends to watch.

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Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Made Simple: A 6-Step Process

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 15, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires formal hazard assessments for situations such as confined space work or when a job calls for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Conducting a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is one way to meet these requirements, and to make any dangerous job less risky.

The purpose of a JSA is to better understand the hazards of a particular procedure, so you can take steps to mitigate them. When performed correctly, JSAs also promote better safety communication and engagement among management and employees.

With that in mind, we’ve broken down how to conduct a JSA into 6 simple steps, with added tips on how to make your JSAs more effective.

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A Checklist for Building a Quality and Compliance Culture in Your Enterprise

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 14, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

Quality culture emerges when all stakeholders are engaged in quality management best practice. Our checklist takes you through the most important processes and areas to address

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Making the Case for Automating Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 12, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

First responders are suing a chemical company over Hurricane Harvey injuries. According to ISHN, first responders in Texas have filed a million dollar lawsuit against a chemical company, alleging that they were injured by dangerous chemicals because the company failed to adequately prepare for Hurricane Harvey. 

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Out of the Frying Pan ‒ Egg Contamination Crisis Generates Heated Discussion at Global Food Safety Conference

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 12, 2017 / by Steven Leisegang

The Continent’s Senior Quality Leaders Discuss Lessons Learned as the Egg Contamination Crisis Rolls On

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Build a Quality Culture - 12 Best Practices in Quality Management Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 06, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

Employee training remains crucial to enterprise growth and for regulatory compliance – but which training methods are most effective for building a quality culture?

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Should Life Science Companies Comply with ISO 9001 or ISO 13485…or Both?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 05, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

Many Life Science organizations are asking that question as new ISO deadlines approach.

Medical device manufacturing companies need to comply with a regulatory standard to maintain compliance and be sure that products are safe and effective. But there are multiple options that complicate the process of deciding which standard to comply with. Some make the decision to comply with more than one for the sake of covering all bases.

Here’s a breakdown of what Life Science organizations should consider about the two most common standards for medical device companies: ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 13485: 2016.

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