• Abstract lines and code form the image of a doctor's coat and stethoscope. Focus on AI: ‘New Ways to Fail’ Pose Crucial Questions for AI
    Gabrielle Hirneise
    Feb 2, 2021
    Artificial intelligence and machine learning offer promising methods for handling the ever-growing amounts of “big data.” This is especially pertinent in the healthcare industry, which is experiencing a physician shortage.
  • A photo portrait of Emily Mengel. One on One with Emily Mengel
    Jan 28, 2021
    A conversation with Emily Mengel, a clinical engineer with WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC, who will be presenting at AAMI Exchange 2021 on using 3D printing/modeling within the hospital for COVID-19 response.
  • A close up of the mechanical box for an for an intravenous pump. Troubleshooting and Educating Staff on Common Issues Related to IV Pumps
    Becky Crossley, CBET
    Jan 28, 2021
    Becky Crossley, CBET, shares useful guidelines and troubleshooting tips of the trade for maintaining intravenous (IV) pumps.
  • Mary-K.-Logan-social-05-01_sq Mary K. Logan Research Awards Accepting 2021 Applicants
    Brian Stallard
    Jan 26, 2021
    Once again, the AAMI Foundation is accepting applications for a grant program supporting research that will enhance the safe adoption and use of health technology. Recipients of the Mary K. Logan Research Awards are eligible to receive up to $80,000 in funding for their projects.
  • CDRH Looks Forward to a ‘Reset’ for COVID-Delayed Work
    Randolph Fillmore
    Jan 26, 2021
    The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and its priorities were “overwhelmed” and “disrupted” by COVID-19 and the massive increase of work that resulted—but there is hope that the coming year will provide a “reset” for delayed work to begin while still managing the COVID-19 response.
  • Two gloved people bump elbows in greeting. Tech World: Taking Care of Your Teams (and Yourself) During Challenging Times
    Priyanka Upendra
    Jan 26, 2021
    This year has brought challenges that we never expected would happen. The changing environments and the speed of change has taken us to new levels of perseverance and resilience. Our workloads, dedication to our family and friends, and the communities we serve has shot up! On top of all these stresses, we’ve struggled with fear of illness, social isolation, economic insecurity, disruption of routine, and anxiety.
  • Four people in business casual clothes and masks elbow bump. AAMI Member Companies Pulled Out All the Stops for Pandemic Response
    Martha Vockley
    Jan 26, 2021
    Like all of us, AAMI member companies were blindsided by COVID-19. But they pivoted quickly from their business plans, collaborated with competitors, and mobilized to ramp up production of critically needed medical devices and supplies—all while keeping employees safe. Here are highlights of some member company efforts:
  • A technition inserts dental instruments into an autoclave for steam sterilization. Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update
    Brian Stallard
    Jan 20, 2021
    A widely used standard for steam sterilization has undergone an important update. Four new amendments to ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017, offer users new clarity and fresh guidance to stay in compliance with accrediting bodies
  • FDA Details Future Oversight of AI/ML-Based Medical Software with Action Plan
    Randolph Fillmore
    Jan 20, 2021
    The US FDA has released a new action plan to advance the agency’s oversight of artificial intelligence and machine learning-based medical software. Participation in AAMI AI working groups is an important part of this new effort.
  • Focus on AI: Perspective: Assessing the Lack of ‘Explainability’ in AI-based Clinical Decision Support Systems
    Randolph Fillmore
    Jan 20, 2021
    The decision making of artificial intelligence can oftentimes be ineffable. Experts recently argued that omitting explainability of AI in clinical decision support systems poses a threat to core ethical values in medicine and may have detrimental consequences for individual and public health.
  • Electronic Artificial Blood Vessels Offer Promise
    Jessica Evans
    Jan 20, 2021
    A research team has developed vessels made from a biodegradable metal-polymer conductor membrane. This membrane mimics human blood vessels and can conduct electricity—opening the way to new treatment options inside the body. 
  • Louis Leibow sits at a desk in his Northshore office. In Memoriam: Louis Leibow
    Jan 19, 2021
    AAMI and the HTM community remember the late Louis Leibow, a generous colleague and a font of knowledge and advice for young healthcare technology professionals.
  • Focus on AI: FDA Developing Regulatory Framework for AI Devices
    Gabrielle Hirneise
    Jan 19, 2021
    The FDA has developed a new regulatory framework for ensuring the safety and efficacy of AI-enabled medical device.
  • An armored knight emerges from code. Focus on AI: Medical Imaging Cyber Threats May Be Thwarted with Help from AI
    Jessica Evans
    Jan 19, 2021
    A team of researchers have developed an artificial intelligence solution to protect medical devices from malicious operating instructions in a cyberattack, as well as from human and system errors.
  • A red line is drawn on a map, separating the UK from the European Union. Now in Effect: Post-Brexit UK Medical Device Information System Registration Requirement
    Randolph Fillmore
    Jan 14, 2021
    As of January 1, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) became responsible for the UK medical device market, leaving UK and EU medical device manufacturers and regulators in a compliance “scramble” with many open questions remaining.
  • Jessica Hague smiling. Respirator Demand Still Exceeds Supply—and Fraud Is A Challenge
    Dec 23, 2020
    In this Q & A, Jessica Hauge, MPH, CIH, CSP, respiratory fit marketing manager in 3M’s Personal Safety Division, shares insights about the current and projected supply of N95 respirators and other PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Dentists Office Perspective: How Cutting-Edge Technology Made for Safe Trip to the Dentist
    Lyndee Yamshon
    Dec 23, 2020
    A trip to the dentist may be anxiety provoking, especially for those overdue for a cleaning or filling since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a recent visit to the dentist, I experienced one who went above and beyond protocol requirements, using good practices and health technology to keep his staff and patients as safe and comfortable as possible in the pandemic.
  • HospSterilization_Sq_247618456 Scholarship, Grant Applicants Sought in New Sterility Assurance Program
    Dec 17, 2020
    The AAMI Foundation is now accepting applications for the new The new Kilmer Fund from individuals who are seeking academic scholarships and research grants in the areas of microbiological quality and sterility assurance. Up to three scholarship awards or research grants will be awarded
  • A white, Y-shaped ventilator expansion splitter. 3D Printing Helps Solve Ventilator Shortage During COVID-19
    Gabrielle Hirneise
    Dec 17, 2020
    A cost-effective and quicker alternative to previous technologies, 3D printing has provided a means to manufacturing materials needed by healthcare providers working at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Portrait of a grinning Tom O'Dea. In Memoriam: Tom O’Dea
    Dec 16, 2020
    Thomas Joseph O’Dea (July 7, 1938 - December 8, 2020) is remembered by the healthcare technology management community as a tireless innovator and advocate for clinical engineering.