AAMI's award-winning Horizons publications, mailed twice each year to AAMI members, and distributed at various professional forums, provide in-depth, practical articles on specific topics of interest to the medical technology community, such as home healthcare, human factors engineering, and alarm systems.
Featured Issue–Connecting the Dots: The Value of Systems Engineering in Healthcare Technology
A fundamental change is unfolding in how hospitals and other healthcare facilities function, thanks to the introduction of systems engineering principles. Systems thinking in healthcare reflects an appreciation for the interconnected and interdependent relationship of medical devices, technology, and individuals. Experts believe that adopting a systems approach in healthcare will enhance patient safety, reduce costs for healthcare facilities, and make operations more efficient.
The contents of Horizons are available to AAMI members. To read the articles online, click the Access Online Issues link in the navigation on the left. If you have not already logged in, do so at that point.
The following links take you to two unlocked articles from this issue of Horizons:
- Five Ways to Incorporate Systems Thinking into Healthcare Organizations
- A Scare in the OR Highlights Value of Systems Engineering
AAMI thanks the following organizations for their support in promoting this edition of Horizons.
No medical device is completely without risk, and comprehensive risk assessment is essential to determining whether the benefits of a given product outweigh the risks to patients—especially in an increasingly connected healthcare environment. How is risk considered during the development and design of a medical device? How is risk assessed by regulators? How is risk managed in a healthcare facility? On a broader scale, complex hospital-wide infrastructure, such as patient monitoring systems and electronic health records, pose a greater challenge to ensuring that controls are in place to maintain an acceptable level of risk. In addition, the increased use of wireless technology such as Wi-Fi has brought with it issues such as interference, security, and lower levels of reliability compared with wired networks.
AAMI will devote its spring 2015 edition of its award-winning supplement Horizons to the topic of risk assessment in healthcare technology. The contents of Horizons are indexed and searchable on various healthcare and scientific databases, including PubMed.
AAMI welcomes papers on topics related to risk assessment in healthcare technology—whether from clinical and biomedical engineers, clinicians, medical device manufacturers, regulators, academics, or patient safety advocates. Submission categories might include the following:
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