FDA Grants Marketing Authorization for Gait Improvement Device
May 12, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration recently granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical Inc. for a device designed for short-term treatment of gait deficit caused by symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The device, called the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is intended to be used during physical therapy for patients 22 and older.
Survey: Hospital-Based Use of AI Is Reaching a ‘Tipping Point’
May 12, 2021
Many more hospitals currently have an AI strategy compared to just two years, according to a recent survey.
Digital Dashboard Spurs Repair Time Renaissance for Health First HTM
May 12, 2021
A 2021 Bright Idea: A team of professionals from Health First Health System in Melbourne, FL, and Sodexo HTM recently developed a clever strategy for boosting morale while reducing device repair times. All it took, they said, was a few screens in the right place.
AAMI Announces 2020 Winners of BI&T Awards
May 10, 2021
AAMI is recognizing sterility assurance researchers, a cybersecurity expert, and a multidisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, IT professionals, clinicians, human factors engineers, and administrators for their outstanding contributions to AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal, BI&T, in 2020.
Sharing Machine Learning Models for Radiation Treatment Planning
Emily Patterson, PhD & Dominic Di Costanzo
May 7, 2021
Dr. Emily Patterson and PhD student Dominic Di Costanzo share their thoughts on a burgeoning use of machine learning-based algorithms in clinical care, radiation treatment planning, and how to best share these models.
Co-Chairs Named for New AAMI Standards Committee Focused on Artificial Intelligence
May 5, 2021
An AAMI committee created to develop risk management guidance for artificial intelligence and machine learning in medical devices has appointed two co-chairs to lead its work: Pofessor of anesthesiology Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, and Pat Baird, Head of Global Software Standards at Philips.
The Kilmer Fund Committee Awards its First Kilmer Research Grant
May 4, 2021
The AAMI Foundation’s new Kilmer Fund has awarded its first research grant, in the amount of $9,500, to Project Wicked Stability. The group seeks to reduce the need for stability testing of common sterile barrier material systems.
BMET Apprenticeship Program Secures First Official Partner
Apr 30, 2021
AAMI's new BMET Apprenticeship Program is off and running thanks to Jackson, TN-based ReNew Biomedical Services. ReNew signed on with AAMI in April to become its first official partner in the one-of-a-kind program, which combines online and classroom education with up to 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning time. Program partners hire apprentices directly, and provide them with training—and paid work experience—at their own facilities.
Respirators No Longer Need to Do Double Duty, FDA Says
Apr 29, 2021
The FDA has issued new guidance to healthcare personnel and facilities saying that medical facilities can stop decontaminating disposable respirators for reuse and can go back to pre-pandemic practices. During a recent webinar, FDA representatives called the practice "one of the most extreme measures of respirator conservation."
ISO 19223 Brings Much Needed Order to Lung Ventilator Terminology and Semantics
Steven L. Dain
Apr 28, 2021
ISO 19223:2019 seeks to play a pivotal role in bringing much needed order to variations in ventilator terminology. Use of standardized vocabulary will go a long way to improving patient safety by facilitating the understanding of ventilator capabilities, expediting training for multiple ventilators, improving device usability, and reducing cognitive load among clinicians.