AAMI 2017 in Pictures
Posted June 12, 2017
From June 9–12, Austin, TX, became the epicenter of the healthcare technology world as a record-breaking 2,603 attendees from around the world gathered to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities for the field.
During the opening general session, J. Randall Moorman, a clinical cardiologist and professor of internal medicine, physiology, and biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, explained how he and his colleagues have turned more than 100 terabytes of data collected from continuous electronic monitoring into a “risk estimation device” for deadly conditions, such as sepsis in premature infants.
Cybersecurity expert Kevin Fu urged medical device makers to more vigorously design security into their products and called on hospitals to take a prioritized and focused approach to dealing with cyberthreats during his Dwight E. Harken Memorial Lecture. “Are we secure? The answer is ‘no.’ What’s your next question?” said Fu, who is CEO and chief scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. and director of the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group at the University of Michigan.
What else did Kevin Fu have to say? Graphic recorders from Accompany Partners created visual notes on stage in front of the live audience.
Overall, cybersecurity was a hot topic at the conference, with many of these sessions filled to capacity.
Attendees, such as Ken Maddock, quality director for Aramark Healthcare Technologies, also weighed in on the heated debate over medical device service and supportability at sessions throughout the four-day conference.
In the Expo Hall, attendees were all smiles as they met with representatives from nearly 200 exhibiting companies, including many of the world's leading medical device manufacturers and service providers, and discovered new state-of-the-art healthcare technologies.
Networking, reconnecting with colleagues, and meeting new friends are major parts of any AAMI conference experience.
An impressive group of healthcare technology experts, innovators, patient safety champions, standards developers, young professionals, and HTM students were honored for their exceptional leadership and commitment to the field during a special awards ceremony on Saturday night. Some of these winners are pictured above.
Hundreds of atendees packed the AAMI Career Center for a chance to meet with recruiters, pick up free professional development resources, and get headshots taken by a professional photographer.
First-time conference attendees got the chance to meet each other and AAMI leaders, such as AAMI President and CEO Robert Jensen, at the New Attendee Meet & Greet where Jensen offered this advice: "Give your business card to everyone. Seventy-five percent will get thrown away, but 25% will stick.
Conference attendees and exhibitors helped AAMI celebrate its 50th anniversary during a party at Maggie Mae's, a legendary Austin venue.
On the final day of the conference, George Mills, director of engineering at The Joint Commission, used audience volunteers to depict one way HTM departments could adapt the frequency of their preventive maintenance program.