• FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 FDA Issues Updated Facility Inspection Report
    Fran Kritz
    Jun 3, 2021
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new report, Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight, to outline its plans for inspecting facilities it oversees in the months ahead.
  • A camera and microphone Rockstar Culture, Hilarious Inspiration, and a Q&A with the Joint Commission all at AAMI eXchange REWIRED
    Brian Stallard
    Jun 3, 2021
    Don't miss the AAMI eXchange REWIRED's three keynote speakers: motivational speaker; Brad Montgomery, author Jim Knight, and Herman McKenzie, director of the Department of Engineering in the Standards Interpretation Group for The Joint Commission.
  • REWIREDpanels_sq Experts Discuss Three Buzzworthy Topics During AAMI eXchange REWIRED
    Brian Stallard
    Jun 3, 2021
    AAMI eXchange REWIRED’s expert roundtables, moderated by AAMI editor in chief Gavin Stern, will be focused on some particularly timely and buzzworthy topics: the COVID-19 response, cybersecurity, and diversity in HTM. 
  • The word "broken" surrounded by shattered glass What to Do When You Receive Equipment with a Note Saying ‘Broken’?
    Jun 2, 2021
    BMETs constantly receive equipment items with notes saying they are “broken.” Such notes do not adequately describe the problem. In this TROUBLESHOOT IT feature, Becky Crossley, BMET specialist, describes some approaches to these frustrating situations.
  • FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 FDA Warns that Strong Magnets May Affect Pacemakers and Other Implanted Medical Devices
    Randolph Fillmore
    Jun 2, 2021
    The FDA’s CDRH issued a May 13 statement warning consumers that high field strength magnets used in cell phones and smart watches may affect pacemakers and other implanted medical devices, such as cardiac defibrillators, causing them to suspend normal operation.
  • Imagery showcasing how a medical device is packaged in a box with restraining clear plastic retention and support cushion cardboard. Sterilization-Related Challenges of Off-Site Transportation of Medical Equipment
    Rodney Parker, Greg Baumgardner, and Susan G. Klacik
    Jun 2, 2021
    As medical devices and equipment are transported off site for a variety of reasons, maintaining their sterile integrity and proper functioning become major concerns. In this STERILIZATION CENTRAL feature, experts explore the challenges and solutions for off-site transportation of medical equipment.
  • 3D rendering of the full service grocery story AAMI Member Company Tackles Food Desert for Future Workers
    May 27, 2021
    AAMI member company Cook Medical plans to build a full-service grocery store alongside a new manufacturing facility to ensure the local community has access to fresh foods.
  • Logo for AAMI's 2021 Alligator Tank event Step into the ‘AAMI Alligator Tank’ at AAMI eXchange REWIRED
    Jennifer Peters
    May 26, 2021
    This year at AAMI Exchange REWIRED, don’t miss the AAMI Alligator Tank, a competition inspired by ABC’s “Shark Tank” concept where innovative ideas are pitched to AAMI’s tank of esteemed “gators." Brave innovators will enter the tank with ways to use new technology to broaden the HTM field.
  • A TSP UVM intern inspects medical devices. 2020 AAMI Bright Ideas Winner Looks to the Future
    Chris Hayhurst
    May 25, 2021
    The University of Vermont Technical Services Partnership (TSP-UVM) has been named the winner of the AAMI Bright Ideas Award for 2020, recognizing the department’s Global Internship Program.
  • AAMI Fellows plaques ready to be presented to the 2019 AAMI Fellows. Introducing the AAMI Fellows Class of 2021
    May 25, 2021
    Ten AAMI members who have provided substantial service and contributions to the health technology field and to AAMI have been selected as the 2021 class of AAMI Fellows. The Fellows will be celebrated for their extraordinary careers alongside AAMI’s 2021 awards and scholarship winners during the upcoming eXchange REWIRED event.
  • Photo portrait of Maggie Berkey. Maggie Berkey Named 2021 AAMI BMET of the Year
    Chris Hayhurst
    May 19, 2021
    Get to know Maggie Berkey, BMET senior at CHI Health Good Samaritan and recipient of the 2021 AAMI & GE Healthcare BMET of the Year Award.
  • Ancient mural drawings in Magura cave ISO 15223-1 and the Role of Symbols in Communicating Critical Information
    Lena Cordie-Bancroft
    May 14, 2021
    A SETTING STANDARDS feature: Lena Cordie-Bancroft explores the logic and difficulties of developing and redeveloping the symbols of ISO 15223-1, an internationally used standard for symbols to be used with medical device labels, labeling, and information.
  • EU flag next to a book of regulations. CEN/CENELEC Accept European Commission Request for Medical Device Standardization
    Brian Stallard
    May 13, 2021
    As of May 12, 2021, the European standards developers CEN and CENELEC have formally accepted a Standardization Request from the European Commission to revise or develop more than 280 standards for medical devices.
  • FDA_logo_high_quality_sq_200-1 FDA Grants Marketing Authorization for Gait Improvement Device
    Fran Kritz
    May 12, 2021
    The Food and Drug Administration recently granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical Inc. for a device designed for short-term treatment of gait deficit caused by symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The device, called the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is intended to be used during physical therapy for patients 22 and older.
  • A doctor and surgeon discuss something displayed on a tablet. Survey: Hospital-Based Use of AI Is Reaching a ‘Tipping Point’
    Fran Kritz
    May 12, 2021
    Many more hospitals currently have an AI strategy compared to just two years, according to a recent survey.
  • A sampling of panels from Health First's digital HTM dashboard. Digital Dashboard Spurs Repair Time Renaissance for Health First HTM
    Brian Stallard
    May 12, 2021
    A 2021 Bright Idea: A team of professionals from Health First Health System in Melbourne, FL, and Sodexo HTM recently developed a clever strategy for boosting morale while reducing device repair times. All it took, they said, was a few screens in the right place.
  • A woman receives radiation therapy. Her face is covered. Sharing Machine Learning Models for Radiation Treatment Planning
    Emily Patterson, PhD & Dominic Di Costanzo
    May 7, 2021
    Dr. Emily Patterson and PhD student Dominic Di Costanzo share their thoughts on a burgeoning use of machine learning-based algorithms in clinical care, radiation treatment planning, and how to best share these models.
  • Researchers in lab coats gather around a work station. The Kilmer Fund Committee Awards its First Kilmer Research Grant
    Erin Clancy
    May 4, 2021
    The AAMI Foundation’s new Kilmer Fund has awarded its first research grant, in the amount of $9,500, to Project Wicked Stability. The group seeks to reduce the need for stability testing of common sterile barrier material systems.
  • A biomedical engineering technician sets up a medical device in a hospital room. BMET Apprenticeship Program Secures First Official Partner
    Chris Hayhurst
    Apr 30, 2021
    AAMI's new BMET Apprenticeship Program is off and running thanks to Jackson, TN-based ReNew Biomedical Services. ReNew signed on with AAMI in April to become its first official partner in the one-of-a-kind program, which combines online and classroom education with up to 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning time. Program partners hire apprentices directly, and provide them with training—and paid work experience—at their own facilities.
  • An N95 mask lies on a table. Respirators No Longer Need to Do Double Duty, FDA Says
    Jennifer Peters
    Apr 29, 2021
    The FDA has issued new guidance to healthcare personnel and facilities saying that medical facilities can stop decontaminating disposable respirators for reuse and can go back to pre-pandemic practices. During a recent webinar, FDA representatives called the practice "one of the most extreme measures of respirator conservation."