• Eye Tracking Study - sq Study: How Virtual Reality Makes MRI Imaging an Easier Experience
    Fran Kritz
    Oct 13, 2021
    A study published in the journal Scientific Reports describes a virtual reality (VR) device intended to make MRI imaging easier for those who have difficulty tolerating the closed, noisy spaces of an MRI machine, as well as enable radiologists to capture more precise and useable images.
  • Medical devices and the outline of Australia Australia Cadetship Program Brings New Professionals to HTM
    Chris Hayhurst
    Oct 13, 2021
    A highly successful cadetship program in Queensland, Australia has striking similarities to AAMI's new U.S. national BMET Apprenticeship Program. A co-founder of the Australian program explored what makes such a program successful with AAMI.
  • Photo portrait of Philip Schneider In Memoriam: Philip Schneider
    Oct 13, 2021
    AAMI mourns the passing of Philip Schneider, a leader, mentor, and friend to many within the sterilization community.
  • ingredient list Comments from the ‘No Peanut’ Gallery: SBOM Usefulness and Limits
    Christopher Gates
    Oct 12, 2021
    Director of Product Security Christopher Gates shares his insights on how the software bill of materials (SBOM) can help reduce preplanted cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. A CYBERINSIGHTS feature.
  • A technician preforms equipment maintenance. The Ground has Shifted in the ‘Right to Repair’ Debate. What’s Next?
    Chris Hayhurst
    Oct 7, 2021
    In just the past few months, the ground has shifted in the debate over medical device servicing, often referred to as "right to repair." The big question now is: What’s next?
  • An infant lays next to an ECG monitor in the neonatal room. Reflecting on Cybersecurity and Patient Safety
    Axel Wirth
    Oct 5, 2021
    Warning signs of a baby’s distress during birth were allegedly missed due to an ongoing ransomware attack, resulting in the death of the baby. Axel Wirth describes how this painfully tragic event serves as an important reminder that reactive cybersecurity practices are simply not enough. A CYBERINSIGHTS feature.
  • Madeline Rozsa Voices of HTM: Madeline Rozsa
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    "I take pride in everything I work on from simple to challenging—and as much as a challenge frustrates me, it thrills me!" says Madeline Rozsa, biomedical technologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, Canada.
  • Heidi Horn sq Voices of HTM: Heidi Horn
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    No matter what role you have in HTM, to be successful, you have to have "good communication and project management skills, patience, and a commitment to ensuring the medical equipment is safe and reliable," says Heidi Horn vice president of healthcare product marketing at Nuvolo.
  • Voices of HTM - Renee Gordon sq Voices of HTM: Renee Gordon
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    Renee Gordon is an intern at Baystate Health in the UConn Clinical Engineering Program. "Being curious about and willing to learn about new technology and also being adaptable are characteristics that a successful HTM professional should have," she says.
  • Don Armstrong sq Voices of HTM: Don Armstrong
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    Don Armstrong has been an HTM professional for nearly four decades, after falling into the field. Literally. 
  • Colleen H sq Voices of HTM: Colleen Haugen-Ortiz
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    What does every HTM professional need? According to Colleen Haugen-Ortiz, HTM quality specialist at GE, that's "a good multi-head screwdriver."
  • Codi Nelson sq Voices of HTM: Codi Nelson
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    Codi Nelson initially heard about the HTM field through a high school teacher. "He said his son worked on anesthesia machines, and I thought, 'Man, that sounds awesome!'"
  • Priyanka Upendra sq Voices of HTM: Priyanka Upendra
    Gavin Stern
    Oct 4, 2021
    As the senior director of customer success at Asimily, Priyanka Upendra's mission is “healing the devices that heal.”
  • MedicalDeviceMonitor_278890190_sq AAMI Responds to FDA Discussion Paper on Cybersecurity and Servicing
    Martha Vockley
    Oct 1, 2021
    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the FDA sought input on the crucial topic of protecting medical devices from cyberattacks. Now, AAMI and our wealth of knowledgeable members have weighed in on how HTM professionals can help.
  • Matt Neil hold his son Isaiah while standing in front of a machine for radiation treatment ‘Daddy’s Machine’: HTM Professional Services Son’s Radiation Therapy Device
    Jennifer Peters
    Sep 29, 2021
    Matt Neil, a radiotherapy service engineer at BJC Healthcare in Springfield, MO, has been servicing the device that delivers his son's radiation therapy treatments, experiencing firsthand how HTM professionals ensure that every family gets the best possible care.
  • GlobalNetworking_ISC_217569173_sq Key MedTech Subjects Highlighted at 2021 International Standards Conference
    Sep 28, 2021
    The AAMI/FDA/BSI 2021 ISC will be a dynamic review of recent changes and a look to what’s ahead in medtech standards and regulation. The three-day virtual conference will focus on three major subjects and two keynotes that you won't want to miss.
  • Mike Powers sq1 Voices of HTM: Mike Powers
    Gavin Stern
    Sep 28, 2021

    Mike Powers used to run a nuclear reactor in the U.S. Navy. "The neat thing about that job was getting to work with radiation and electronics daily. The other best place to work with those two things is medical imaging equipment, and so a transition into a different-but-similar field was a natural step," said Powers, who's now director of clinical engineering at Intermountain Healthcare.

  • Nurses work with a training dummy in a hospital room. New VA Center Aims to Partner with Industry on Risk Assessment
    Martha Vockley
    Sep 28, 2021
    The Veterans Health Administration is creating a new Clinical Systems Performance Evaluation Center (C-SPEC) that will support companies in systematically assessing and mitigating healthcare technology risk.
  • Man stands dwarfed by a technological cloud When Is Cloud Technology Appropriate? Best Practices for Medical Devices
    Brian Stallard
    Sep 28, 2021
    Experts from industry, medical device software development, and regulatory consulting recently pooled their knowledge to develop a new guidance document for the appropriate use of public cloud computing both as a component of medical devices and in support of quality systems.
  • JoJo Gonzalez IamHTM Sq Voices of HTM: JoJo Gonzales
    Gavin Stern
    Sep 27, 2021
    "We strive for and keep aloha in our hearts." Managing Kaiser Permanente's island-wide maintenance service program in Hawaii can be quite challenging. Thankfully, Clinical Technology Manager JoJo Gonzalez has "an outstanding team that is up to the challenge."