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Battery Fires on Medical Carts Heats Up as Safety Priority

Tue, 2017-07-18 23:00
The healthcare industry needs a better understanding of the troubling issue of fires and explosions in high-capacity batteries used in hospital carts and should turn to standards and education to address the problem, according to a diverse group of experts.

Standards Developers Applaud ‘Public-Private Partnership’ during Capitol Hill Event

Tue, 2017-07-11 23:00
Leaders of several standards development organizations, including AAMI, hosted an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday to highlight the importance of standards in supporting product quality and safety for various industries, especially healthcare technology.

FDA Commissioner Announces Risk-Based Plan for Digital Health Technology

Sun, 2017-06-18 23:00
Promising a “modern and efficient” regulatory process, the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a pilot program aimed at supporting the development of digital health technologies.

AAMI 2017 Conference & E

Mon, 2017-06-12 09:23

AAMI 2017 Conference & E

Mon, 2017-06-12 09:23

AAMI 2017 in Pictures

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00
Highlights from the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo in Austin, TX, June 9-12.

Chief Technology Officer: Let ‘Clinical Need’ Be Your Guide in Purchasing Decisions

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00
Using systems engineering principles to take a hard look at the clinical needs, processes, and workflow factors involved with the deployment of clinical technology can result in substantial cost savings for healthcare facilities, said Eliezer Kotapuri, chief clinical technology officer for Mass Technologies, during a presentation Monday at the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo.

With Changes on the Horizon, Mills Charts Path for Meeting TJC Maintenance Requirements

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00
More changes are coming to Joint Commission requirements in January, the accreditation organization’s director of engineering announced Monday at the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo. However, for those in attendance, the more immediate concern is ensuring their departments are meeting requirements for medical device maintenance that went into effect early this year.

HTM–IT Communication Breakdown Named Top Issue at Conference Forum

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00
Can’t we all just get along? Communication breakdowns dominated a (mostly) lighthearted open forum discussion, “Top 10 Issues Facing Healthcare Technology Management,” held Sunday at the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo.

Comments to FDA Highlight Fault Lines in Third-Party Service Debate

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00
In an attempt to inject some insight into the contentious debate over medical device servicing, Michael Capuano, manager of biomedical technology at Hamilton Health Sciences, and Binseng Wang, director of quality and regulatory affairs at WRP32 Management, Inc. and Greenwood Marketing LLC, analyzed the comments sent in response to the FDA’s call for comments and the available data on service-related adverse events.

Longtime Clinical Engineer Makes Case for Evidence-Based Maintenance

Sat, 2017-06-10 23:00
Rather than getting bogged down in the debate over who is best qualified to service medical devices, one leader in the healthcare technology management community says the field should focus on the overall approach to and rationale for maintenance

Healthcare Cybersecurity Expert Faults Focus on ‘Symptoms’ of Problem

Sat, 2017-06-10 23:00
Cybersecurity expert Kevin Fu on Sunday urged medical devices makers to more vigorously design security in their products and called on hospitals to take a prioritized and focused approach to dealing with cyberthreats.

Nurses Peg Interdisciplinary Collaboration as Backbone of Effective Capital Purchases

Fri, 2017-06-09 23:00
Although getting all of the major players involved with healthcare technology around the same table may seem like a daunting task, it's essential to worthwhile capital purchases, according to Nicole Denham, RN, BSN, PCCN, and Bonnie Matthews, RN, BSN, PCCN—the two principal nursing consultants behind COR (Clinical Operations Renewal), LLC.

Collaboration, Relationship Building Key to Defending against Cyberattacks

Fri, 2017-06-09 23:00
As healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) across the country continue to deal with the fallout from last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, two Saturday sessions at the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo in Austin, TX, focused on the need for more, and better, cybersecurity collaboration. Presenters called for the different departments within HDOs to work together and for HDOs to begin sharing information on a wider scale.

HTM Director Strives to Put ‘Sacred Cow’ Maintenance Metric Out to Pasture

Fri, 2017-06-09 23:00
According to Dave Dickey, corporate director of McLaren Clinical Engineering Services with McLaren Health Care in Flint, MI, there are metrics other than PM completions that are better at proving the quality and effectiveness of an HTM program.

Joint Commission’s Mills Addresses Fight over Service Manuals

Fri, 2017-06-09 23:00
Stepping into the hot debate over the service and support of medical devices, George Mills, director of engineering at The Joint Commission, announced Friday that the accrediting organization will add a new element of performance in January that is intended to “assist HTM professionals when requesting information from suppliers and vendors.”

Five Tips for Protecting Devices against Cyberattacks

Thu, 2017-06-08 23:00
Benjamin Esslinger, a clinical engineering manager at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN, provides five tips to help HDOs develop a cybersecurity program and secure their medical devices against future cyberattacks

A Message from AAMI’s President and CEO

Thu, 2017-06-08 23:00
Welcome to our Annual Conference and Expo! We’re so grateful you’re here with us.

Supreme Court Ruling Reignites ‘Right to Repair’ Debate

Mon, 2017-06-05 23:00
A Supreme Court decision involving the resale of printer toner cartridges could have far-reaching implications on the technology industry. The use of patent protections to attempt to control the marketplace is just one battle in a larger war that’s being waged in individual states and among various industries over what some experts refer to as the “right to repair.”

National Competition Opens for Standards Developers

Thu, 2017-05-25 23:00
To help recognize the importance of standards, SES – The Society for Standards Professionals and the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee are sponsoring a paper competition for members of the U.S. standards community. Three cash prizes will be awarded during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.

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