For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017
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Amber Bauer, abauer@aami.org 703-253-8262

AAMI Annual Conference to Spotlight Cybersecurity, Big Data, and Accreditation Requirements in Healthcare Technology



With more interconnected medical devices being introduced into healthcare facilities—and more threats to that technology emerging in the cyberworld—the questions of how this equipment is purchased, maintained, and used are more important than ever. So too are the healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals who manage these activities, serving a crucial role in patient safety and healthcare outcomes.

AAMI 2017 Conference & ExpoDuring the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo, set to run June 9–12 in Austin, TX, the HTM professionals who service and support a dizzying array of complex and often life-critical medical devices and equipment will have the opportunity to learn what they need to stay on top of the latest innovations, advances, and risks. The Expo will allow attendees to see the latest upgrades and advances in medical technology from nearly 200 manufacturers.

"The biggest challenge for healthcare technology moving forward is to fully integrate these complex systems into the patient care workflow while ensuring that the quality of care provided by healthcare professionals is not diminished, and that the safety and security of these systems are not compromised and vulnerabilities are not exploited by those who would do harm to the patients or the caregivers," said Chuck Sidebottom, managing partner of PPO Standards LLC and former AAMI Board chair.

Throughout AAMI 2017, industry experts and leaders will provide practical guidance and insights on the biggest trends and challenges in the healthcare technology sector, such as:

Moving Big Data to the Bedside

What if we could foresee a patient’s deterioration and take action to prevent it? What if the impending illness was so severe and the patients so vulnerable that this prediction would save their lives? And what if all we needed was little more than the medical devices and data that we already have? This isn’t part of some hypothetical future. This is a reality at the University of Virginia (UVA).

During the opening general session, J. Randall Moorman, a clinical cardiologist and UVA professor of internal medicine, physiology, and biomedical engineering, will discuss 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 and hemorrhage and acute lung failure in adults.

“I am completely committed to this idea that there are illnesses that we can detect early by analyzing the data that we already have,” Moorman said.

Cybersecurity

In hospitals today, it would be difficult to find medical device technology that does not critically depend on computer software. Network connectivity and wireless communication have transformed the delivery of patient care. But connectivity comes at a price—vulnerability to hackers, viruses, and other malware.

During the prestigious Dwight E. Harken Memorial Lecture, Kevin Fu, CEO and chief scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. and an associate professor at the University of Michigan where he directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group, plans to probe the risks, benefits, and regulatory issues for medical device cybersecurity and provide insight into the development of trustworthy medical device software.

“I hope that people will come out of my presentation with a less sensational view of the issues and a more optimistic view of the future of medical device security,” Fu said. “It’s not about eliminating risk but about controlling and managing risk. It can be done—it’s not impossible.”

Stricter Joint Commission Requirements

On the final day of AAMI 2017, George Mills, director of engineering at The Joint Commission (TJC), will take the stage to provide the latest information on TJC’s activities, discuss its  plans, and explain how these will impact healthcare facilities. Attendees also will have the opportunity to pose their questions and concerns directly to Mills.

For many HTM professionals, this popular standing-room-only session will be a prime opportunity to gain clarification on TJC’s new maintenance standards and get advice for compliance.

A number of the education breakout sessions during the conference also will focus on this issue, including best practices for developing an alternative equipment maintenance program and how to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of device maintenance and management programs to accreditation organizations and regulatory agencies.

“HTM professionals are constantly learning and adapting to changes in healthcare delivery and accreditation requirements, as well as to changes in the technology and systems themselves,” said Sherrie Schulte, AAMI’s senior director of certification and the annual conference. “In today’s interconnected world, HTM professionals are on the frontlines of not just patient safety but data security as well. In addition, HTM departments can play a leadership role in the implementation of novel, life-saving technologies. Attending continuing education programs, such as the AAMI Annual Conference, helps HTM professionals stay on top of the latest innovations, advances, and risks in healthcare technology, giving them a leg up in their careers.”

Full conference registration includes access to:

  • The general sessions described above
  • More than 50 concurrent education breakout sessions
  • The Expo Hall
  • AAMI University to view and download AAMI 2017 presentations
  • AAMI’s Career Center
  • Welcome Reception on Friday
  • Awards Reception on Saturday
  • AAMI's 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday

The full schedule of education sessions and events is available at www.aami.org/ac.


AAMI (www.aami.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of approximately 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology.