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“Aimless design” choices can lead to misunderstanding and confusion, which can result in heartbreaking errors by users of a medical device. That’s where sound human factors principles for medical device design can help, by ensuring safety even when “one’s brain is running on empty.” In this episode of the AAMI Podcast, we examine today’s pressing human factors issues for medical devices. Guests: Kate MacNamee, is a senior human factors engineer and program manager at Farm, a Flex Company; MaryBeth Privitera, principal of human factors and research at HS Design, Inc., and a professor and the director of the Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati; and Michael Wiklund is general manager of human factors engineering at EMERGO by UL.
If water or moisture remains in the internal channels of flexible endoscopes, an overgrowth of bacteria can appear in a short period of time, presenting serious health risks to patients. In this episode, Mary Ann Drosnock, director of clinical education at Healthmark Industries, and Damien Berg, regional manager for UCHealth and direct manager for the Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospitals, discuss key guidance (including that found in ANSI/AAMI ST91) for ensuring that endoscopes are dried appropriately, as well as overcoming other challenges facing sterile processing departments. This podcast is sponsored by Healthmark.
Staying ahead of mounting healthcare cybersecurity threats will require a unified approach on the part of healthcare technology management (HTM) and information technology (IT) professionals. In this episode, Cory Brennan, a medical device security consultant for CynergisTek, discusses HTM-IT collaboration, developing a new generation of HTM professionals, risk assessments for medical devices, and establishing a unified regulatory approach to medical device security.
The inaugural AAMI & TRIMEDX John D. Hughes Iconoclast Award makes it official: Binseng Wang, a self-described “rebel,” is a master at challenging norms and assumptions. With congenial resolve and authority, Wang has made significant contributions in rallying the HTM field to pursue the most important outcome—improving the delivery of patient care. In this episode, Wang discusses how challenging practices that are not firmly grounded in objective evidence is vitally important toward improving HTM.