For Immediate Release
May 9, 2017
Contact
Amber Bauer, abauer@aami.org 703-253-8262

AAMI Celebrates Contributions of Biomeds, Clinical Engineers during HTM Week



In just two weeks, AAMI, scores of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and service organizations will be showing their appreciation for the crucial work performed by the dedicated professionals who service and maintain medical equipment.

AAMI’s annual Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Week celebration, May 21–27, is designed to promote the awareness of—and appreciation for—the critical work of biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, imaging specialists, laboratory equipment specialists, and other members of the HTM field.

With increasingly complex medical devices and technology being introduced into healthcare facilities, the purchase, maintenance, and use of this equipment is more important than ever. So too are the HTM professionals who manage these activities.

“HTM professionals are critical for keeping patients safe and delivering high quality healthcare, yet their role can be underappreciated,” said Patrick Bernat, AAMI’s director of healthcare technology management. “AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC) created HTM Week to shine a light on their efforts and to say thank you.”

The TMC has planned a number of events that will run throughout HTM Week. Some of the highlights include:

AAMI’s AED Challenge

During HTM Week, AAMI is challenging HTM professionals to tackle a shocking issue in their communities—automatic defibrillators, such as those found in the local mall or community center, may not work when they are needed most. Why? These life-critical devices need regular inspections and maintenance, but that doesn't always happen, meaning batteries and pads may have expired. To help address this problem, the TMC is encouraging HTM professionals to raise awareness of the importance of routine AED inspections in their communities. Learn more about the challenge.

Free Online Town Halls

The TMC will host two virtual town hall meetings. The first session, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET, will explore the information technology (IT) skills HTM professionals need to acquire to serve as a "bridge" between the two departments. The best ways of acquiring these skills also will be addressed. Click here to register.

The second town hall will be held Thursday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET. It will cover frequently asked questions related to the management of wireless technologies in healthcare. Members of AAMI's Wireless Strategy Task Force will provide their expertise and will respond to attendees' questions. Click here to register.

Best Celebration Contest

AAMI is once again holding its annual contest to recognize the department or facility that best celebrates HTM Week. Simply let us know how your department or facility plans to celebrate, and you might win a $500 gift card. The winner will be announced during HTM Week.

Complimentary posters and other HTM Week resources are also available for download. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to use #HTMWeek to document and share their activities on social media.


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.