AAMI Announces Winners of HTM Week Contests

Posted May 31, 2016

A hospital in New England and a longtime and lauded leader in the healthcare technology management (HTM) world were the winners of two HTM Week contests organized by AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC)—the best facility celebration and “My Dream for HTM.”

Best Celebration Contest

After poring over a number of great entries, the TMC selected Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as the winner of the best facility celebration contest for its outstanding spirit and creativity. In addition to hanging HTM Week posters and other decorations throughout the facility, the hospital had a special recognition or event each day.

The week of activities included: 

  • Monday: The facility brought in homemade goodies and coffee for the HTM team.
  • Tuesday: The HTM department shop was decorated to celebrate the week, and more homemade treats were brought in for the team.
  • Wednesday: A catered barbecue lunch was served, with stainless steel commuter mugs distributed to team members.
  • Thursday: The team rented a go-kart track and held a team-building outing.
  • Friday: Eastern Maine Medical Center closed the week by announcing that a paintball outing for the HTM team was scheduled for the following Friday.

The department will receive a $500 gift card from AAMI.

‘My Dream for HTM’ Contest

For this contest, HTM professionals were asked to describe their dream for the future of HTM in 200 words or less. After reviewing submissions from dozens of HTM professionals, the TMC chose Ismael Cordero, biomedical services manager with Gradian Health Systems, as the winner of the first-ever “My Dream for HTM” contest. He will receive a $200 gift card.

Cordero was focused on the jobs of biomedical technicians (BMETs) when he wrote: “Envision… a medical device that’s been created and designed with BMETs in mind from its very inception. It’s easy to troubleshoot, and all of its modules and components are easily accessible and replaceable. It has no multiple layers of panels and hardware. There is no excessive hardware that you end up collecting in a drawer because you do not remember where it came from. It has no delicate connectors that break when you pull them out. It does not need expensive proprietary batteries or filters. Comprehensive service manuals are provided in printed form and are available for download free of charge. The manuals are full of photos and easy-to-follow diagrams and schematics. BMET training is provided at the time of installation, and refresher training videos are available to stream or download. Technical bulletins are supplied periodically with maintenance tips. An online discussion forum is available to get tips from manufacturer experts and experienced users. Parts lists with prices are available online and are kept up to date. A set of essential spares, tools, and test devices are provided when you buy the device.”

Cordero was the 2014 winner of Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award from the AAMI Foundation and the American College of Clinical Engineering for his volunteer work teaching HTM professionals around the world about medical equipment.

Patrick Bernat, AAMI’s director of HTM, expressed his gratitude to the organizations and individuals who entered the contests. “Thank you to all the facilities, associations, and individuals who celebrated HTM Week with such enthusiasm,” he said. “This week is always a highlight for the TMC and AAMI leadership and staff, and we love seeing so many people express their gratitude to the HTM professionals whose tireless dedication protects patient safety, improves clinical outcomes, and supports the delivery of world-class healthcare. We hope you had as much fun as we did!”