Sterilization Resources

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.

Horizons: Call for Papers

Horizons: Systems in Healthcare Technology

Horizons:  Fall Call for PapersA 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. Other industries, such as aviation, defense, and nuclear, are further along in applying these systems engineering ideas into their daily operations. Experts believe that a systems approach to healthcare will result in fewer risks to patients, reduced costs for healthcare facilities, and greater efficiencies.

Featured Issue

Human Factors & ITHuman Factors & IT: Connecting with Medical Devices

In this issue of Horizons, articles explore cognitive factors in human-computer interface design, and experts in healthcare technology management, device design, manufacturing, and regulation discuss the importance of HFE in the context of healthcare IT. In addition, several studies of human factors and IT at the system level suggest that humans interact with medical technology at many different levels, creating a very complex and unpredictable ecosystem that may be at odds with the ideal of efficient, consistent, machine-like results.

AAMI thanks the following organizations for their support in promoting
this edition of Horizons:

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Healthcare Technology Foundation
National Patient Safety Foundation
Society for Simulation in Healthcare