AAMI News January 2019

New Features, Education Sessions Await First AAMI Exchange Attendees

Expect changes in both substance and style as AAMI launches the AAMI Exchange, June 7–10 in Cleveland, OH. The education program at the Exchange, which is the name for the reimagined AAMI Annual Conference & Expo, reflects the association’s commitment to connecting all its stakeholders, including biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, cybersecurity and sterilization experts, hospital administrators and managers, and the industry’s leading service and solution providers.

“The 2019 education program will deliver an immersive and interactive learning environment for professionals in a variety of health technology–related fields at all experience levels,” said Sherrie Schulte, CAE, AAMI’s senior director of certification and meetings. “We received more proposals than ever before, so the Program Committee was able to create a schedule of sessions that not only reflects the diversity of our community but also provides the cutting-edge solutions and forward-thinking insights attendees need to meet the challenges they encounter on a daily basis and those they will face in the future.”

The approximately 90 sessions on the schedule will be divided into education tracks that include healthcare technology management (HTM), cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, professional development, data analytics, sterilization and reprocessing, global perspectives, and meeting regulatory/accreditation requirements.

Here is just a taste of what is in store.

Securing Medical Devices in a Hospital EnvironmentSecuring Medical Devices in a Hospital Environment

The past decade has seen an intertwined evolution of medical device security threats, regulatory and customer requirements, and industry-leading practices. This session will explore key trends and detail a programmatic approach that healthcare delivery organizations can take to secure connected medical devices and reduce risks to both patient safety and information security.

Data AnalyticsData Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Modeling, and HTM

Data analytics, artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, and predictive modeling are major buzzwords in healthcare. This session will explore uses for predictive modeling, including how HTM and clinical engineering departments can predict device breakdown and intervene before patient care is disrupted.

Device IntegrationDevice Integration Fundamentals and Troubleshooting Skills

This session will explore the fundamentals of device integration and describe how data flows from medical devices into the electronic health record, including an explanation of how middleware software and monitoring gateways use HL7 messages in that process.

Balancing RequirementsBalancing Requirements for Infection Control with Reduction of Equipment Damage

This session will provide guidance on balancing the needs of stakeholders involved in infection control related to medical devices. Frequently reported types of device damage will be covered, as well as research related to infection control and guidelines for disinfectants. Information from case studies showing innovative approaches to reducing the problem also will be given.

Reprocessed EndoscopesLeveraging IT Resources for Inventory Management and Cycle Logging of Reprocessed Flexible Endoscopes

Advances in automatic endoscope reprocessors (AERs) allow for the tailoring of cycle parameters to the specific scopes being reprocessed; however, one cycle no longer fits all scopes. The presenters will share how they network their AERs and maintain their inventory of scopes, scope cycle parameters, and cycle logs on a central server to reduce risk. They also will describe their experiences implementing the system, as well as address challenges encountered with vendors and IT colleagues.