AAMI News, March 2020, Vol. 55, Issue 3


AAMI News, March 2020, Vol. 55, Issue 3

Virtual Reality

Issue Highlights

  • HTM Professionals Build and Implement VR Training Programs
  • FDA Reclassifies Medical Image Analyzers
  • AAMI Nominates Members for Board of Directors
  • Tech World: The Potential of Wearable Health Technology Devices

Focus On: Medical Alarms





  • HTM Professionals Build and Implement VR Training Programs
    The use of VR videos for training healthcare professionals is a growing trend with peer-reviewed data to support its effectiveness. The immersive technology can be used to improve patient outcomes by training clinicians and healthcare technology management professionals in a risk-free environment.
  • AAMI and PDA to Collaborate
    AAMI and the Parenteral Drug Association have agreed to explore collaborations to further the missions of both organizations and enhance value to their members, stakeholders, and respective communities at large.
  • FDA Reclassifies Medical Image Analyzers
    The Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance reclassifying—from Class III to Class II—medical image analyzers under product code MYN, including computer-assisted detection (CADe) devices used for ultrasound breast lesions, mammography/breast cancer, and radiographic detection of lung nodules and dental cavities
  • Upcoming AAMI Resources for Alarm Management Safety
    To help improve patient safety and patient care, AAMI will soon release a webinar focused on reducing alarm fatigue and publish a collection of reports on the management of clinical alarm safety for health technology professionals.
  • Members on the Move: March 2020
    Who, what, and where in March 2020.
  • News in Brief March 2020
    From HTM to Manufacturing—news items from the field.
  • Using the Influencer Change Model for Alarm Management
    Karen (Peters) Fotino and Shiela Shields, both clinical practice specialists at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, MA, used the “influencer change model” to improve cardiac alarm management practices at their institution.
  • Minimizing Alarms with the Help of HTM Professionals
    Healthcare delivery organizations have been tasked by The Joint Commission and ECRI Institute with reducing “nuisance” alarm signals and establishing multidisciplinary teams—including healthcare technology management professionals—to address all issues related to alarm safety and the need to minimize alarm fatigue.
  • AAMI Nominates Members for Board of Directors
    The AAMI Nominating Committee has selected new leaders to serve on the AAMI Board of Directors. Three candidates were nominated as new directors and six were nominated for reappointment to the Board. All are renowned experts with years of service to AAMI and the health technology field.
  • Howard Community College Establishes BMET Apprenticeship Program
    Howard Community College (HCC) recently launched Maryland’s first biomedical engineering technology (BMET) apprenticeship program. The three-year apprenticeship is a based on the curriculum for HCC’s BMET associate of applied science degree and is intended to allow new BMETs to “earn while they learn.”
  • Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation Devices
    For the 10 million people living with Parkinson’s disease, advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) technology offer hope for better symptom management, fewer side effects, and the convenience of controlling the device via a smartphone.
  • AAMI Exchange IoTXperience Demonstrates the Future of the Internet of Things
    The 2020 AAMI Exchange in New Orleans, LA, will feature an Internet of Things (IoT) experience to provide healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals with exciting informational sessions and demonstrations from experts who are defining the future of IoT—the IoTXperience.
  • Tech World: The Potential of Wearable Health Technology Devices
    Robert D. Jensen, president and CEO of AAMI, shares his thoughts on wearable devices. "Ultimately, wearable devices and FDA-approved medical devices, combined with an understanding of behavioral change, may help us prevent and/or treat many of the costliest chronic diseases that we’re facing: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and others.
  • The Big Picture: HTM Reaches Out to Local High School
    Picture of an event organized by HTM management to reach out to local high school students during a CMIA Connect Conference, held in San Diego, CA.
  • Asked & Answered: Device Disposal
    This regular feature showcases questions and answers from professionals participating in AAMI’s online discussion groups, collectively known as AAMI Connect. AAMI does not endorse specific practices or advice. Participants in these forums are sharing their own experiences and insights.
  • AAMI Foundation: Kilmer Scholarship & Grant Program Launched
    The AAMI Foundation has teamed up with Johnson and Johnson to create the Kilmer Fund, which will award scholarships and research grants to students and professionals in the microbiological quality and sterility assurance community.
  • Career Center: Six Steps for Strategic Planning
    As we start a new decade, now is a great time to reassess and develop a strategic plan for your company or department. Often, we get so caught up in the day-to-day cycle of meeting the needs of our organizations that we forget to take time to step back and look at the “big picture.”
  • One on One with Maria Cvach
    MARIA CVACH, DNP, RN, FAAN, is the director of policy management and integration at Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD. Cvach was the chair of AAMI’s Alarms Steering Committee from 2012–2016 and is a member of the Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology Editorial Board.
  • AAMI All Star: Shanil (Shani) P. Haugen, PhD
    Meet Shanil (Shani) P. Haugen, PhD, is the acting assistant director of the Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Devices Team, Office of Product Evaluation and Quality, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Standards Spotlight: AAMI Adopts Updated and Redesignated Series of Dialysis Standards
    This new series, ANSI/AAMI/ISO 23500, Preparation and quality management of fluids for haemodialysis and related therapies (parts one through five), was approved by AAMI and the American National Standards Institute, and emphasizes the interrelated nature of the dialysis fluid requirements.
  • AAMI Standards Monitor Digest: March 2020
    A few nuggets from the most recent issue of AAMI Standards Monitor Online.