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Discussing the state of HTM and upcoming AAMI Exchange

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | May 28, 2021
From the May 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: Two of the big topics in healthcare in recent years are AI and big data. Have either of those areas resulted in big discussions for AAMI?
SC: Our vice president of innovation is tackling both those topics. Discussions about machine learning, AI in medical devices, and big data all feed into our standards program’s newly formed AAMI AI Committee, our conference planning, and our webinars. We’re also looking at it from a strategic standpoint to determine how those technologies will affect our field and what we can do to address them.

HCB News: Tell us about the decision to turn the AAMI Exchange into a virtual conference this year.
SC: It was a tough decision. We all see progress relative to the pandemic and vaccine rollout. That said, we just aren’t there yet in terms of safety. Many of our speakers and attendees are facing travel bans with their employer, and the conference center has very tight limitations on the use of space. Bottom line: it all came down to whether we could have a viable conference that would ensure the safety of our attendees. Though we would have liked to have come together in person, we are enthusiastic about the unique opportunities of a virtual Exchange.

HCB News: What are you most looking forward to at the conference?
SC: I do not want this to be just another virtual event. We’ve had enough of those after one year of the pandemic! So, our energy and the incredible support of our community is now focused on making an innovative, practical, and special event. We’re working hard with our presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, main stage speakers, and AAMI staff to create five days of programming, featuring live broadcasts from AAMI headquarters and around the country. We’ll be presenting live interviews with HTM thought leaders, product demos, audience Q&A, and much more.

I am also looking forward to connecting with our community and hearing what they think of this format. The Exchange has always been about networking and the sharing of great ideas and that will continue online.

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