Winning HTM Week Videos Offer Creative Look at Work of Biomeds


Posted May 24, 2019

The emphasis was on humor for a team of biomedical equipment technicians with Crothall Healthcare at UMC Las Vegas, who wanted to share a slice of their workday lives.

The team captured a “just plug it in” moment in their light-hearted video The Life of a Biomed, which won first place in AAMI’s HTM Week Video Contest.

The contest challenged healthcare technology management professionals to produce a creative video to showcase the HTM field, using AAMI-produced music track made entirely of medical device sounds.

“Every day is different. Some days we get calls nonstop, and other days we are trying to stay busy. The video captures the urgency of a possible critical situation, but upon arriving it is as simple as plugging the equipment back in,” said Bryton Smith, the BMET I who produced the video. “We thought that this would be something that all biomeds would be able to understand and appreciate.”

The humorous video was a team effort. Smith and fellow BMETs Jon Dizon, Brittany Robinson, Jeff Bondoc, and Princess Sayas filmed it in the hospital’s operating room, storage room, and biomed shop using an iPhone and iMovie. Their department will be awarded a $400 gift card.

Two additional HTM departments won prizes for their creative HTM Week videos. BMETs from Eden Medical Center won second place—and a $200 gift card—for a submission produced by BMET II Todd Hartman with colleagues Michael Jennings and Hasib Jalily.

The third-place winner features the work of Canada’s “biomed superheroes.” This animated video was produced by Jane Boal, the quality improvement, project and change management leader for the Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering Department.

The videos were judged by AAMI Senior Editor Gavin Stern and Jim Piepenbrink, deputy executive director of the AAMI Foundation. Piepenbrink formerly served as director of clinical engineering at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts.

HTM Week seeks to promote awareness of—and appreciation for—the critical work of professionals who manage and maintain the vast assortment of health technology found in healthcare delivery organizations. For more information, visit www.aami.org/HTMWeek.