About the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI)
We believe that bringing the right people together from across the healthcare community is the best way to address the complicated challenges facing the healthcare technology field today. HTSI aims to engage the healthcare community in multidisciplinary safety initiatives that strengthen the development, management, and use of healthcare technology for improved patient outcomes. Our vision is that healthcare technology will advance patient safety and will do no harm.
Our first initiatives are focused on:
- Infusion systems
- Clinical alarms
- Reprocessing of reusable medical devices
- Interoperability of healthcare technologies
These topics all represent complicated, multidisciplinary, interrelated challenges involving systems of systems. Solving high-profile patient safety problems like these will require the combined efforts of diverse professionals. The process HTSI follows to address these challenges can be seen here: The HTSI Process.
The HTSI effort started in early 2010 with concerns that the existing standard on infusion pumps was not adequately addressing the problems of these widely-used devices. At the same time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was preparing for a major initiative to improve pump safety, based on data showing at least 56,000 reported adverse incidents and 87 pump recalls over a five-year period. AAMI and FDA partnered to host a landmark summit on the issue in October 2010.
The event facilitated extensive discussion between key stakeholders in order to set a clear direction for improving infusion systems safety. The event also sparked the idea to launch an organization that would work on safety issues that cannot be addressed through standards alone. The confluence of these events led to the launch of HTSI within AAMI, and the NCHTS as its advisory body.
Today, under the HTSI umbrella, more than 100 committed individuals are continuing to pursue the ideas generated at that first summit in pursuit of the goal that “no patient will be harmed by healthcare technology.” Additional safety issues are now being addressed. Summits have already been held to address clinical alarm management and reprocessing of reusable medical devices. A summit on interoperability of healthcare technologies is slated for Fall 2012. Future issues may include small bore connectors and home healthcare.