AAMI News, March Vol.57, No.3


AAMI News March 2022

The latest from AAMI News in March, including a Focus on Cybersecurity.





  • MedicalDevice_Network_Hospital_sq HIMSS22: The Price of Cyberthreats
    Cybersecurity concerns were front and center the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2022 Global Health Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS22). And the frequency of incidents is increasing.
  • TeamWork_HandsIn_298940275_sq AAMI Seeks Volunteers to Join HTM Groups, 2022
    AAMI members interested in giving back to the HTM field have the opportunity to join the association's Technology Management Council (TMC) and Healthcare Technology Leadership Committee (HTLC). Applications are due by April 16. 
  • A doctor in face mask and gloves interacts with a tablet. FDA Seeks Comments on Planned Transition from Emergency Use Authorizations
    It's a transition that will be "a major undertaking for manufacturers and it will have ramifications for healthcare systems, providers, and patients as well."  After issuing more than 900 EUAs for medical devices during COVID-19, the U.S. FDA is now accepting comments on its plan to transition to normal operations.
  • CyberAttack_CyberTerrorism_CyberSecurity_196923192_sq U.S. Agencies, Associations Urge Hospital Vigilance Against Russian Cyber Attacks
    As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, U.S. government agencies, industry associations, and private cybersecurity firms are urging hospitals to protect their medical data, devices, and equipment from potential cyberattacks.
  • PatientMonitor_VitalSigns_screen_279306457_sq Getting to the Bottom of Issues with Bedside and Portable Vital Signs Monitors
    Dread seeing the infamous "broken" note taped to a vital signs monitor? Don't panic! Senior BMET Maggie Berkey breaks down some easy steps for determining just what has gone wrong in AAMI's TROUBLESHOOT IT column. 
  • AI_healthcare_mobiledevice_347505745_sq Using Existing Regulatory Frameworks to Apply Effective Design Controls to AI/ML in Medical Devices
    Manufacturers of AI-enabled medical devices are faced with a dilemma: Push the boundaries of innovation or wait for regulatory legislation and guidance to catch up? In this COLLECTIVE LEARNING ON AI/ML column, two regulatory and compliance experts explore important considerations and a hypothetical case study for MDMs.
  • Java Source code of the log4j event logger framework on a screen Streamlining Management of Postmarket Security Vulnerabilities
    The frequency of reported cybersecurity vulnerabilities that may affect medical devices has sped up during the past few years, with no sign of abating. Ken Hoyme, a senior fellow of global product cybersecurity at Boston Scientific, dives into what the problem is and what manufacturers need to understand to avoid them in this CYBERINSIGHTS column.
  • silhouetted professionals sit around a table in front of the AAMI logo. Introducing the 2022 Nominees for the AAMI Board of Directors & Nominating Committee
    The AAMI Nominating Committee has selected new leaders to serve on the AAMI Board of Directors, representing a significant change in the membership of the Board.
  • FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 CDRH Update on Cybersecurity
    Medical device cybersecurity has been a recent point of focus for the U.S. FDA's CDRH. AAMI news takes a closer look at some of the cyber-related  “programmatic accomplishments” the organization has outlined in a recent report.
  • CMMS White Paper - Optimizing the CMMS Work Order Type Field Medical Device Work Order Types Standardized by CMMS Collaborative
    "Customers are looking for best practice for using these deeply customizable management systems, and now there is one.” A new white paper from the AAMI-sponsored CMMS Collaborative project has been published to create a standard categorization for all work activities carried out by HTM personnel.
  • FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 FDA Issues Vulnerability Alert for Axeda agent and Axeda Desktop Server
    On March 8, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published advisories describing vulnerabilities associated with the Axeda agent and Axeda Desktop Server. These web-based technologies, owned by the software company PTC, allow multiple people to view and operate the same remote desktop through the Internet.
  • Endoscope_surgeon_medical_device_229744773_sq A Closer Look at ST91:2021 for Endoscope Processing
    The latest version of ST91 is introducing some big changes for flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in healthcare facilities, with special attention to staff and patient safety. Susan Klacik, clinical educator of HSPA, outlines some of what makes the newly published standard different.
  • Virtual_ICU_monitor_sq Virtual ICUs Leverage Technology, Expertise for Critical Care
    A shortage in ICU clinicians is driving demand for a technology once thought "novel" in healthcare systems: Virtual ICUs. The billion-dollar VICU market is rapidly growing. Here's how local hospitals are adopting this game-changing technology.
  • FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 AAMI Comments on Proposed Quality System Regulation Change in FDA Meeting
    In a meeting of the FDA’s Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee on March 2, committee members and the public weighed in a proposed rule with far-reaching implications for the medical device industry—an alignment of the FDA’s Quality System Regulation (21 CFR 820) with the international consensus standard for devices, ISO 13485:2016.
  • ConferenceHall_Attendees_stage_269493370_sq MD&M West Reveals 2022 Educational MedTech Conference with AAMI Participation
    On Wednesday April 13, don't miss MDM West 2022's hot topics in engineering quality Assurance. AAMI is sponsoring a track of sessions which delve into the FDA's pivot to ISO 13485, the rise in AI, evolving combination products, connected medical devices, and much more.
  • Doctors prepare a hospital patient for endoscopy ST91: Extensive Updates for Endoscope Cleaning, Patient Safety
    <p>ST91:2021 is the standard that responsible health systems and facilities are working hard to adopt after its recent publication, even if adopting the new document for endoscope reprocessing "is going to mean major changes and even major purchases" for some.</p>
  • Dial_Year_2022_LookingAhead_463747167_sq Setting the Stage for the Next Generation of Medical Devices
    Do you know the best ways to encourage a culture of innovation? Are we ready for the interoperability revolution? In this research roundup, we look at two BI&amp;T articles that touch on the near-future of medical device design and development.