AAMI News July 2018

Conference Sets New Record, Tackles Top HTM Challenges

AAMI Conference & Expo
A record-breaking crowd packed the AAMI 2018
Conference & Expo in Long Beach, CA.

With 2,867 registered attendees, the AAMI 2018 Conference & Expo was the biggest ever, surpassing last year’s record-breaking attendance by more than 200.

The conference came at a time of new opportunities and mounting pressures for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals: the increasing interconnectedness of health technology, cybersecurity threats to the safety and security of medical devices and patient information, the drive to reduce healthcare costs, and the continual call to do more with fewer resources, to name a few.

Overcoming Life’s ‘Boulders’

For adventurer and featured speaker Aron Ralston, the challenges people face in their lives—both at home and at work—have the potential to transform their perspective and future choices.

“We all have boulders in our lives, though they may not always be made out of sandstone,” Ralston told attendees, referring to the boulder that crushed and trapped his right hand in a remote Utah canyon in 2003, eventually leaving him no choice but to amputate it using a dull multitool knife. “When these events happen, we make a choice whether we turn that into tragedy or triumph.”

When confronted with a “boulder,” it’s important to “STEP,” according to Ralston, an acronym for Stop, Take a breath, Evaluate options, and Plan.

“These boulders are everywhere; they continue to fall in our own lives,” Ralston said. “So, what do we do—do we push them away, resist them, and wish they weren’t there? That could be your choice. But you also have a choice to embrace them with a smile. You make that choice, and your boulders will be your blessings, too.”

The Power of Perspective

Main stage presenter Christine Cashen also spoke about the importance of personal choices and perspective in determining a person’s environment. She provided several tips to help empower conference attendees to live and do better, both at home and in their often-frenetic careers:

  • Understand that “it’s not about you.” Learn to know and understand others and speak their language.
  • Stop sending so many emails. “If someone sends you more than three emails in three minutes—pick up the phone or walk to that person’s desk. So much miscommunication can occur over email,”Cashen said.
  • Wean from the screen—at least some of the time. “The time you’re spending in front of a screen is wasting your life away, especially when it comes to email,” Cashen said. “A lot of it is garbage, stuff you don’t need. I challenge you to [use] no screen[s] for the first and last 15 minutes of your day.”
  • Be a fountain, not a drain. It’s important to give off energy, not take it. “People like you because you make them better when they’re with you,” Cashen said.

Ultimately, according to Cashen, it’s up to each of us how our environments take shape—for better or for worse. So, by better understanding our ability to take control, and using the tips above, we can position ourselves for a happier, more empowered life.