Awarded to up to two AAMI technical committees (includes AAMI technical committees and working groups, and AAMI technical advisory groups and technical advisory sub-groups) annually to recognize outstanding Committee efforts. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the AAMI Board of Directors, Committee on Standards Strategy, Standards Board, or by any member of AAMI or any member of an AAMI committee. Selection is by the AAMI Standards Board based on the nomination report. Committee members [based on membership status at the time the award is announced] receive a plaque and the Committee is further rewarded with a special luncheon, dinner or similar event at their next meeting. Up to five former committee members may also be nominated to receive a plaque for past outstanding contributions to the work of the committee. In addition, Committee cochairs are invited to the AAMI Annual Meeting to accept the award on behalf of the committee in a public presentation.
Interested committees and working groups are encouraged to prepare and submit a report to AAMI using the following outline: At least one of the documents forming the basis of the nomination must have been approved in the previous 12 months to the date the nomination is submitted.
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AAMI COVID-19 Response Team Left to Right
Sandy Weininger, Ph.D., CDRH, FDA, co-chair, AAMI Covid-19 Response Team
Julian M Goldman, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-chair, AAMI Covid-19 Response Team
This year’s recipient, the AAMI COVID-19 Response Team, is a particularly poignant example of how these committees serve as a guiding light for the greater healthcare technology community.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published numerous emergency use authorizations for new medical device designs intended for emergency use. This created an opportunity to innovate
for passionate engineers looking to help hospitals and their patients, but it also created something of a ‘wild west’ for medical device design.
That is why AAMI began recruiting experts from existing committees to create a multi-stakeholder task force, which AAMI called the COVID-19 Response Team. Engineers, regulators, industry representatives, researchers, and clinicians volunteered long hours to create a new suite of rapid response AAMI standards documents, called consensus reports (CRs). Seventeen CRs and related support documents have been written since the Response Team began their work. They serve as clearly written and freely available guidelines for innovators, providing best practices for the design, testing, and basic safety of ventilatory devices, hospital room remote controls, emergency resuscitator systems, and much more.
“We are not dictating medical practice,” said Response Team member Bob Kopotic, senior manager of clinical affairs for critical care at Edwards Lifesciences. “We’re working to make sure that a good clinician is not going to hurt somebody with a device that has been inappropriately designed.”
“In this extraordinary time, we saw an urgent need for a group of experts representing many facets of the healthcare sector to come together to provide much-sought technical guidance, advice, and problem-solving,” added co-chair Julian Goldman. “This group of problem-solvers had a far-reaching charge, ‘just do whatever it takes.’ And that’s what we have done.”