Healthcare Technology Leader Eddie Acosta Dies at 54

Posted December 7, 2018


Adelmiro “Eddie” Acosta, a healthcare technology leader and U.S. military veteran, died in November after a long battle with cancer. He was 54 years old. Acosta was a longtime member of the California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA), where he was a past chair of the Board of Directors and a recent recipient of the association’s lifetime achievement award.

CMIA remembered Acosta as “a fixture at the Capitol chapter … always there to help push the chapter forward” and that “his joy for life and contributions to the clinical engineering profession will be missed.”

Acosta joined the U.S. Air Force in 1982 as an aircraft maintenance specialist. After leaving the Air Force in 1986, he continued to serve in the Air Force reserves for more than 20 years. Acosta previously worked as a clinical systems engineer for Kaiser Permanente Medical Group.

“Eddie was simply one of the nicest people in the entire HTM field,” said Patrick Bernat, director of healthcare technology management (HTM) standards at AAMI. “I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He was living proof that you can accomplish big things while still being a good and kind person. I had interacted with Eddie and crossed paths with him at various events for more than a decade. This is a big loss for the HTM field and for anyone who knew him.”