AAMI News December 2017

AAMI Members Reflect on Decades of Technological Progress

As AAMI’s 50th anniversary draws to a close, we asked multiple leaders in the healthcare technology world which advancement in the past few decades has most impressed them. Here’s what they had to say.

Candida Arvelo“There have been many advancements I have found impressive. Most recently, I find myself excited about the integration of technology in healthcare and the ability to apply machine learning to predictive analysis.”

—Candida Arvelo, national director of strategic relationships for ICU Medical

Rose Seavey“Cleaning verification tools. We have said for many years that if it is not clean, it can’t be sterile or high-level disinfected. Recently, AAMI has put much more emphasis on the need for verification of cleaning, especially for complex reusable instruments such as endoscopes, cannulated drills, and arthroscopic shavers. If not adequately cleaned before further processing, they can lead to infections.”

—Rose Seavey, president/CEO of Seavey Healthcare Consulting, LLC

David Stiles“Arguably the integration of medical devices into the patient record has opened many doors for workflow improvement, predictive analytics, patient management, and value  stream processes that promote improved patient outcomes. This movement has developed new, stronger relationships and collaboration with other healthcare support groups, most notably IT.”

—David Stiles, director of the Biomedical Engineering Department and Central Equipment Services at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Kenneth Maddock“The proliferation of electronic health records and all that it implies is what I see as the most impressive advancement. It represents the pooling of data from many sources—all of which have to be effectively integrated—to provide caregivers with a complete picture of one’s health, regardless of where you go for care. I realize that is a bit of an idealistic picture compared to where we are right now. But even though we have a long way to go, getting to the point we are today is a mind-boggling accomplishment.”

—Kenneth Maddock, quality director of healthcare technologies at Aramark

Avinash Konkani“Medical devices have grown from simple standalone devices to very complex networked systems. Even with lots of complexity and challenges (it is not perfect, we know that), these systems still work and save the lives of many people. That is what impresses me the most.”

—Avinash Konkani, senior clinical engineer for the University of Virginia Health System

Larry Pilot“All fields of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities have remarkably improved, but one arena that is particularly obvious relates to orthotic and prosthetic device development because those who were immobile are now mobile at a level few would have predicted or recognized as possible in 1967.”

—Larry Pilot, FDA law expert

Charles Sidebottom“The evolution of medical technology from a collection of individual devices being used to treat patients into a complex interconnected system of systems with the patient at the center. This integrated approach offers the opportunity for more seamless care of the patient with less need for human intervention to deal with simple, routine tasks.”

—Charles Sidebottom, managing partner of PPO Standards LLC

Marcy Petrini“In my field alone, during my own professional career, we have gone from manually measuring tracing produced by mechanical devices to automated, integrated testing equipment that interfaces with medical records. Physicians can interpret tests, look up results, compare them with previous values to assess progress, release findings to patients if appropriate, and order additional testing if needed—all from their personal digital device, from anywhere they may be. That’s a monumental advancement in only 30 years, and this is in just one small field.”

—Marcy Petrini, former AAMI Board chair