Q&A with AAMI president Mary Logan

by Loren Bonner, DOTmed News Online Editor | May 09, 2013
From the May 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Since that e-mail, AAMI and CMS have exchanged emails on a few minor technology-related questions related to the larger PM issue, so communication is ongoing.

On Feb. 28, 2013, AAMI and ECRI Institute held a free joint webinar updating the field on the issue.

DMBN: What are some of the other major challenges for the medical device instrumentation field that you will be focusing on at this year’s annual conference?

One of the top items on the AAMI “Top 10 Device Challenges” list for 2012 was alarm management, which has been a significant focus for AAMI and our Healthcare Technology Safety Institute for the past year. This issue also is on ECRI’s top 10 list, and it has become a major focus for The Joint Commission. It was clear at last year’s wireless workshop that wireless issues with health care technology are also a major headache for the profession. I’m thrilled that we have an entire education track this year devoted to alarm management and wireless challenges.

Another one of the top items on the AAMI’s “Top 10 Device Challenges” list for 2012 was device integration. We have an entire track devoted to CE-IT connectivity at the conference this year. Between these two key tracks, the annual conference should be on every HTM’s “must attend” list this year!

DMBN: What excites you most about this year’s show and the future of the industry going forward?

The exhibit floor is always exciting, and is such a great place for HTM professionals to connect with their vendors and learn about what’s new. We are having an opening reception this year for the first time in many years, because we so strongly believe that the HTM profession needs to become a stronger community of people committed to one another and their profession. One of the educational sessions I’m most excited about at the conference is “Human Factors 101,” which will be led by an incredible expert from HumanEra, Chris Colvin. This should be a “must learn” session for every HTM professional who is not already a human factors expert. If any of your readers are scratching their heads asking why they should care about human factors, then this course is even more important for them. And, of course, everyone always wants to hear George Mills, who is one of the most dedicated professionals out there and a Joint Commission treasure.

As for the future of the HTM profession, AAMI is so committed to the profession that one of our four strategic plan goals is dedicated to moving the profession forward.

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