AAMI’s award-winning podcasts explore today's most pressing healthcare technology challenges and the multidisciplinary approaches that are being used to resolve them. Respected subject matter experts share their insights and tips as they discuss everything—from the many different types of technology that are developed, implemented and maintained, to the patient experience, to endeavors that highlight the crucial role of healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals.
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Episode 27: Use of Virtual Reality in HTM Training
October 9, 2018—20 mins.
Similar to the way pilots are using virtual reality (VR) to simulate piloting an aircraft, healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals can use VR to practice performing medical device maintenance activities, such as troubleshooting a virtual telemetry board, while increasing understanding and knowledge retention in the process. In this episode, Rick Sidlo and Aaron Goryl from GE Healthcare discuss the advantages of using VR to train HTM and other professionals, how the experience compares with a vendor's traditional classroom training, and where VR is headed in terms of its ease of use, access, and affordability.
Episode 26: Building a Case for Continuous Electronic Monitoring
May 30, 2018—20 mins.
The literature suggests that if patients had their breathing monitored continuously rather than every several hours, as is the current practice, then a major portion of the injuries and deaths caused by opioid-induced respiratory depression could be avoided. In this episode, Dr. Frank Overdyk, a professor of anesthesiology and internationally recognized expert in the field, shares his insights, including reasons for the slow implementation of this technology and strategies to help build the business case for the practice.
Episode 25: Changing Requirements for Quality Management Systems
February 27, 2018—20 mins.
Recognized by many jurisdictions around the world, the standard ANSI/AAMI/ISO 13485:2016, Medical Devices—Quality management systems—Requirements for regulatory purposes, provides structured guidance to help organizations meet regulatory requirements. In this episode, international quality and regulatory compliance consultant Eamonn Hoxey describes the major differences between the 2003 and 2016 editions of 13485. As we near the end of a three-year transition period for medical device developers and manufacturers to comply with requirements set forth in the 2016 edition of the standard, Hoxey discusses how the new updated version clarifies expectations for manufacturers, providing a much more global, comprehensive, and harmonized approach to meeting requirements.
Check out the new AAMI course, The Quality System Regulation 21 CFR 820 and ANSI/AAMI/ISO 13485: Navigating Regulatory Requirements.
Episode 24: Developing an AEM Program
December 04, 2017—17 mins.
What's the optimal way to perform device maintenance? Although implementing an AEM program can save healthcare facilities time and money, the concept has caused confusion for many in the healthcare technology management community. To start, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines AEM as "alternate equipment management," whereas The Joint Commission uses "alternative equipment maintenance.” Through the recent publication, AEM Program Guide: Alternative PM for Patient Safety, author Matthew Baretich seeks to cut through the confusion by offering practical, real-world guidance for implementing a well-crafted AEM program and remaining compliant with applicable standards and regulations.
Episode 23: The State of Sterilization
September 11, 2017—16 mins.
How are hospitals doing with sterile processing, and what’s the biggest challenge to effective sterilization today? Sterile processing expert and author Rose Seavey shares her insights, offering tips to both healthcare facilities and the makers of medical devices. She also talks about ST79, a widely used standard for steam sterilization, which has just been released with a major update. This podcast is sponsored by Healthmark.
Episode 22: Patch Management in Healthcare
June 21, 2017—20 mins.
With cybersecurity attacks on the rise in healthcare and a growing appreciation for the threats posed to patients, patch management is more important than ever—yet it remains a challenge for most hospitals. Why? “I don’t think there’s any other industry that has such a diversity of different devices from different manufacturers run in an environment where the pieces are so dependent on each other. That makes it difficult to, for example, take one device down, patch it and reboot it without affecting other devices,” said Axel Wirth a distinguished technical architect for Symantec Corporation and a member of the BI&T Editorial Board. A cybersecurity expert, Wirth share his tips for patch management and his “defense in depth” framework that he believes all healthcare facilities should adopt. This podcast is sponsored by Nuvolo.
Episode 21: Tips to Tackle the Wireless Challenge
May 19, 2017—22 mins.
What’s the biggest mistake hospitals make in introducing and implementing wireless technologies? “Not appreciating the complexity,” says Shawn Jackman, co-chair of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force and founder and CEO of Clinical Mobility Inc. In a conversation with host Terry Baker, Jackman explains what HTM professionals can do to educate themselves about wireless technologies and provides suggestions for what hospitals must do now to achieve wireless success.
Episode 20: Beefing Up Healthcare Cybersecurity
Mar. 20, 2017—15 mins.
The clinical engineering team at Intermountain Healthcare has a success story to share about its initiative to safeguard its medical equipment from viruses and cyberattacks. Two members of the team, Mike Busdicker and Priyanka Upendra, describe how they conducted a systemic review of all network-connected devices and, working with other departments, came up with a plan to address potential vulnerabilities. They share their tips and lessons learned, and advise all healthcare facilities to embrace cybersecurity management as an ongoing priority.
Episode 19: A Conversation with AAMI's New President
Feb. 6, 2017—15 mins.
Just a few months on the job, new AAMI President and CEO Robert Jensen describes his vision for the association, how his time as a Marine officer helped to prepare him for this job, and the opportunities (and challenges) he sees for the healthcare technology community. A crucial part of AAMI’s mission, Jensen said, is to help provide “visionary ideas” so that the professionals on the frontlines of healthcare technology can “craft the future that will actually serve the patients and the full community.” Jensen shares with podcast host Terry Baker his idea of what success at AAMI will look like under his leadership. Sponsored by Healthmark.
Episode 18: The Changing World of Medical Imaging
April 21, 2016—27 mins.
Medical imaging technology has advanced considerably in modern times, with the rise of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Factor in the growth of 3D and 4D imaging, along with the integration of imaging with computers and software, and it’s easy to understand why imaging is one of the most exciting areas in healthcare technology. Glen McQuien, director of operations at Modern Biomedical and Imaging Inc., talks about the changes he’s seen in his career and those that are on the horizon. And McQuien, a member of the BI&T Editorial Board, has some advice for hospitals trying to figure out how to make smart purchasing decisions when it comes to imaging technology.
Episode 17: Clinical Alarm Management
Feb. 19, 2016—36 mins.
Hospitals are under pressure to draft and implement comprehensive policies that show they have a handle on the crucial patient safety issue of alarm fatigue. There’s been an explosion in the number of medical devices with alarms and alerts, resulting in a noisy healthcare setting and desensitizing clinicians to the meaning or importance of alarms. With more alarms going off, the intended goal of alerting clinicians to true emergencies has been diminished, and patient safety has been imperiled. Ronald Wyatt, MD, the patient safety officer and medical director at The Joint Commission and Maria Cvach, DNP, CCRN, director of policy management and integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD, talk about what hospitals should be doing—and how they can make a positive difference with effective clinical alarm management. Sponsored by Spacelabs Healthcare.
Episode 16: Creating a Culture of Safety in Healthcare
Dec. 23, 2015—45 mins.
What does it take to develop and support a culture of safety in hospitals and other healthcare facilities? AAMI President Mary Logan and Connie Barden, RN, the chief clinical officer at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses talk about the keys to success and identify the obstacles to allowing such a culture to flourish. "Safety is not automatic in healthcare," Barden noted, adding that changing culture starts with changing behaviors and moving away from a fixation on blame and punishment. Sponsored by Healthmark.
Episode 15: Infusion System Safety
Nov. 23, 2015—34 mins.
How can healthcare facilities ensure that the right drug is going to the right patient, through the right route, with the right dose, at the right time? These five “rights” of medication administration get to the heart of infusion system safety. Marilyn Neder Flack, senior vice president of patient safety initiatives at AAMI and director of the AAMI Foundation, and Deborah Pasko, director of medication safety and quality at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), talk about the incredible progress that’s been made on this front—and how more work is needed in areas such as drug library management and user-friendly design practices. Sponsored by Smiths Medical.
Episode 14: The Education of HTM Professionals
Oct. 12, 2015—47 mins.What does it take to produce a top-notch healthcare technology management (HTM) professional? Two highly respected educators in the HTM world—Barbara “Barb” Christe of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Frank Painter of the University of Connecticut—talk about the different types of HTM professionals, the academic expectations for each, and how the constantly evolving world of healthcare technology is placing new demands on students and educators alike. The two guests reveal the one thing each would like to change about the education of HTM professionals. Please note that AAMI has several complimentary HTM educational and career resources available at www.aami.org/career.
Episode 13: Cybersecurity in Healthcare Technology
Aug. 18, 2015—36 mins.
With hospital data breaches—and stiff fines—on the rise and a growing black market for patient information, cybersecurity is one of the more pressing issues in healthcare technology. How can healthcare facilities keep patient information secure? How vulnerable are medical devices to attacks by hackers? Ken Hoyme, a distinguished scientist at Adventium Labs, and Izabella Gieras, director of clinical technology at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, discuss the cybersecurity challenge with host Terry Baker. In a wide-ranging conversation, they offer both practical advice and a big-picture assessment of the changing landscape.
Episode 12: The Hype and Reality of Digital Health
July 1, 2015—28 mins.
In this special podcast, hosts Terry Baker and Kelley Hill are in Denver, CO., interviewing a presenter at AAMI’s Annual Conference & Expo. Gunnar Trommer, principal for digital health at BCG Digital Ventures, talks about bridging the gap between the promise and reality of digital health. Trommer sees incredible potential in the ability of digital health to bring about “more timely and more personalized care,” but there are considerable hurdles. Chief among them is the fact that the healthcare landscape remains fragmented and proprietary in nature. How can the dream be achieved? Trommer shares his ideas.
Episode 11: The Big Deal About Big Data
June 17, 2015—40 mins.
More medical device collect and store patient information and other data than ever before. In turn, these devices are connected to network systems. How can healthcare facilities turn this growing pile of data into something of value? What can healthcare technology professionals do to help their facilities use that data to make sound decisions? Three experts—Andrew Currie, director of clinical engineering services at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Howard County General Hospital, John Chang, a clinical engineer at Johns Hopkins and Oracle database programmer, and Carolyn McGregor, the Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology—discuss the promise and potential pitfalls of big data in healthcare
Episode 10: Is PM a Thing of the Past?
May 4, 2015—30 mins.
In this provocative conversation, Stephen Grimes, chief technology officer of ABM Healthcare Support Services, says healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals must rethink the entire concept of preventive maintenance or PM. Given the marked changes in medical devices—with technology that is far more sophisticated and complex—Grimes says the traditional notion of PM is antiquated, and HTM professionals must think instead of “planned or scheduled maintenance.” A continued focus on past PM practices and policies, Grimes says, will leave HTM departments in the position of “blacksmith shops that are trying to support a Boeing 787 or Airbus A380.” Sponsored by Shockwatch
Episode 9: Risk Management
April 6, 2015—35 mins.
Increasingly seen as a crucial discipline in effective healthcare, risk management can mean different things to different people, but one common theme is that it can help create a “safe environment” for patients. Jacque Mitchell, RN, a risk manager at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, and past president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and Salim Kai, CBET, a clinical safety specialist at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, talk about what healthcare facilities should be doing to ensure all of their employees think like risk managers.
Episode 8: Challenges and Trends in Imaging
March 12, 2015—43 mins.
Enjoy an engrossing and personal conversation with a veteran imaging service engineer who talks about the challenges he faces, his relationship with third-party vendors, his advice to manufacturers, and the very best part of his job. Dustin Telford, CBET, CRES, CLES, offers insights from the frontlines on one of the most fast-changing aspects of healthcare technology: imaging.
Episode 7: Continuous Electronic Monitoring
Feb. 19, 2015—46 mins.
Patients being treated with opioids can be at risk for respiratory depression, even resulting in death. A new national initiative spearheaded by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute advocates the continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids. Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, are co-chairs of this new coalition. They make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change.
Episode 6: Systems Thinking in Healthcare
January 19, 2015—42 mins.
The notion of “systems thinking” is one that has been adopted in a number of industries, such as aviation and defense. It’s a concept that’s getting more attention in healthcare as its delivery gets more complicated, technical, and interconnected. What does systems thinking mean? How will it impact how medical devices are designed and used? What does it mean for patient safety in hospitals? A trio of experts debate these questions and others, explaining why healthcare needs to move away from a “blame and shame” mindset and toward a culture that embraces learning from mistakes, more transparency, and greater collaboration. The guests are Kenneth Hoyme, a distinguished scientist at Adventium Labs; Anne O’Neil, an independent systems engineering consultant; and Patricia Trbovich, a human factors specialist with University Health Network in Toronto.
Episode 5: Tackling the Challenge of Tubing Misconnections
December 17, 2014 —44 mins.
Tubing misconnections are a significant threat to patient safety. The accidental connection of different delivery systems—through which patients receive medication, nutrients and other fluids—can result in serious patient harm, even death. A number of organizations, including AAMI, and federal regulators have banded together to work on a new initiative that aims to reduce that risk through the development and use of new small-bore connectors and standards. The FDA’s Scott Colburn and Pamela Scott, both with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, join Thomas Hancock, with the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA), and Tricia Otstot, a nurse whose mother died as a result of a tubing misconnection, to talk about this important issue. Sponsored by GEDSA.
Episode 4: Ebola and Sterilization Challenges
November 17, 2014—45 mins.
The Ebola outbreak has focused new attention on the crucial role of sterilization and disinfection in healthcare. Cynthia Spry, an independent clinical consultant and co-chair of AAMI’s Steam Sterilization Hospital Practices Working Group; Donna Swenson, president of Sterile Processing Quality Services, Inc., and an active member of several standards committees; and Joe Lewelling, vice president of standards development and emerging technologies at AAMI, talk about the challenges posed by Ebola, as well as the overall sterilization landscape in modern healthcare. Sponsored by HIGHPOWER.
Episode 3: Building Stronger HTM Departments
October 17, 2014—54 mins.
Three veteran clinical engineers talk about how healthcare technology management (HTM) departments can move forward and make themselves even more valuable to their organizations. Frank Painter, a professor at the University of Connecticut, Matt Baretich, who runs his own consulting business, and Ted Cohen, manager of clinical engineering at the University of California Davis Medical Center, are the architects of AAMI’s new HTM Levels Guide, which promises to be a fundamental tool for every HTM department in the country. Sponsored by Fluke Biomedical.
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Episode 2: Ventilator Technology
September 15, 2014—50 mins.
A trio of experts talk about the evolution, challenges, and complexities of ventilator technology: Stuart McGrane, an intensivist, anesthesiologist, and simulation educator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Brian Gross, a fellow scientist and clinical systems architect in the patient care and monitoring solutions business group at Philips Healthcare; and Ronda Bradley, an independent clinical respiratory therapist consultant with Spiritus Consultants, LLC. The conversation includes insights on the design, use and maintenance of this life-critical technology. Sponsored by Philips Healthcare.
Episode 1: An Interview with AAMI President Mary Logan
August 27, 2014—25 mins.
We are joined by Mary Logan, president and CEO of AAMI, who talks about the decision to add a podcast series to round out the association’s comprehensive information delivery platforms, updates us on ongoing AAMI projects and new initiatives, and in typical Mary style—a mix of intelligence, enthusiasm and curiosity—brings to light a crucial patient safety issue that will impact clinicians, medical device manufacturers, HTM professionals, suppliers, and others in the healthcare world.