For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019
Sean Loughlin, 703-253-8285

AAMI Exchange Kicks Off this Weekend in Cleveland

AAMI unveils its revamped annual conference and expo, now called the AAMI Exchange, this Friday in Cleveland, an event expected to draw thousands of professionals working in health technology and sterilization.

The conference comes at a time when healthcare delivery organizations are under increasing pressure to rein in costs, master increasingly complex and interconnected systems and medical devices, and bolster patient safety and privacy. Medical device manufacturers, meanwhile, find themselves competing on a rapidly changing global landscape with new rules and regulations.

“This event is all about the exchange of solutions and ideas among colleagues in health technology,” said Robert Jensen, president and CEO of AAMI. “We’ve created a dynamic and innovative space in which professionals can come together to learn from—and challenge—one another, helping their own careers and helping to shape the future of the field.”

The Exchange offers more than 80 education sessions over four days, June 7–10. Many of them are future-focused, with tracks on healthcare technology management (HTM), cybersecurity, sterilization, regulations and accreditation, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality, clinical engineering, data analytics, and global trends.

New Experiences

A highlight at the Exchange is the debut of the “Xcelerator” on June 7. This day-long event features expert insights on emerging trends in automation support of clinical decisions and a pitch competition to bring forward cutting-edge ideas in this areas of AI, blockchain technology, deep machine learning, and automated learning. AAMI, BioEnterprise, and The Global Center for Health Innovation are collaborating on this first-of-its-kind event.

On the Expo floor, an Internet of Things (IoT) Xperience will illuminate the challenges and opportunities of IoT for HTM professionals with thought-provoking sessions and live demonstrations. Stryker and Symantec are among the presenters.

A new Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality theater, developed in partnership with GE Healthcare, will showcase the use of these types of technologies in healthcare, such as for training clinicians and HTM professionals.

“Throughout this conference, we want attendees to have an immersive and interactive experience that provides them with insights that enrich and empower them on the job today—and also prepares and inspires them for what’s coming in health technology,” said Sherrie Schulte, senior director of certification and meetings at AAMI.

Featured Experts

AAMI selected Cleveland as the host city for the first AAMI Exchange with great intent. The city and northeast Ohio region are home to a high concentration of hospitals and medical research centers, as well as hundreds of biomedical companies. The region has health technology in its DNA, and Exchange attendees will benefit from this dynamic, according to Schulte.

For example, Toby Cosgrove, MD, executive advisor and former CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic, will sit down for a fireside chat with Jensen, AAMI’s leader, on June 10. Cosgrove, who is also the executive advisor for Google Cloud’s Healthcare and Life Sciences, will share his insights about emerging opportunities, challenges, and trends in health technology.

The other two Main Stage speakers are:

  • Nicholas Webb, one of the world’s top healthcare technologist and futurists, CEO of Lassen Scientific, award-winning inventor, and best-selling author
  • Herman McKenzie, acting director of engineering at The Joint Commission, who has more than 25 years of managerial and director-level healthcare experience in clinical engineering, plant operations, and facilities services

Webb will discuss how healthcare organizations can succeed with innovation on June 8. The following day, McKenzie will provide a crucial update in an interactive session on practices and policies from the leading accrediting body.

An Energizing Experience

Other highlights of the Exchange include:

  • A workshop on how HTM professionals can use alternative equipment maintenance (AEM) programs for efficiency and quality improvement strategies. Frank Painter, professor of the clinical engineering graduate program at the University of Connecticut, and Matt Baretich, president and CEO of Baretich Engineering, will lead the workshop on June 7. Baretich wrote the AEM Program Guide: Alternative PM for Patient Safety.
  • An Expo Hall featuring more than 160 leading medical device companies and service providers, showcasing cutting-edge technologies and emerging products.
  • Networking opportunities over meals, celebrations, and receptions, including (of course) one at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on June 9.

Run, Walk, or Stroll to Support the Next Generation

The AAMI Exchange will feature the return of the popular Fun Run & Walk, a fundraiser to benefit the AAMI Foundation Scholarship Program. Set for Sunday morning, this event will give participants a healthy networking experience and a chance to take in the sights of Cleveland, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Science Center.

At last year’s conference in Long Beach, CA, 80 participants and 10 sponsoring companies raised $9,500 to support students aspiring to become biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, and health systems engineers. The goal this year is $15,000.

AAMI ( is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of more than 9,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective health technology. AAMI is the primary source of consensus standards, both national and international, for the medical device industry, as well as practical information, support, and guidance for health technology and sterilization professionals.