August 23, 2016

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William Hyman: Do We Know How to Evaluate and Compare Risks and Benefits?

It is well known that few things in life are risk free and that we therefore take on risk whenever we seek the benefits of healthcare. This leads to the straightforward notion that we should evaluate risks and benefits, and then compare them in order to make a rational decision about undertaking the activity. While […]

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August 4, 2016

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Mary Logan: Warning, Warning! Systems Overload

AAMI has been trying to collect examples of real-life systems issues involving healthcare technology to help our community better address the increasingly complex challenges of modern healthcare. It has been incredibly difficult to collect such examples, much more difficult than we had ever imagined. At first, we thought it was because subject experts were just […]

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August 3, 2016

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Barrett Franklin: I Love Technology, but It Isn’t Always the Answer

Until recently, the daily management of healthcare technology was my core focus, having served as chief clinical engineer for the VA New England Healthcare System. When I stepped into a new role as deputy network director for that system—a position with a more global focus—I was struck by how often I had fallen victim to […]

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July 29, 2016

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Jennifer DeFrancesco: The Rise of Sustained Chronic Disease Modalities and Why HTM Should Be Watching

During a recent trip to South America, I was taken with the fresh fruit that street vendors sold all day. I couldn’t wait to run into one of the pineapple vendors to get a slice. That week it dawned on me that I’ve never seen a street fruit vendor in the United States. Furthermore, the […]

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July 8, 2016

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Mary Logan: What the Joys of a Summer Vacation Taught Me about Work

Having just come home from a two-week vacation, I’m recommitted to applying some of the joys of a summer vacation to lighten up the weightiness of work responsibilities: Learn something new every day. One of the joys of vacation for me is tapping into learning something new every day. It might be reading a great […]

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July 5, 2016

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Jim Piepenbrink: How Do You Handle Tough Healthcare Technology Challenges?

At the AAMI Annual Conference & Expo last month, I was very fortunate to participate in a workshop on alarm management that was presented by the AAMI Foundation and the Healthcare Technology Foundation. At the beginning of the workshop, all of the AAMI Foundation’s patient safety initiatives were profiled. A new one is set to […]

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June 20, 2016

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Donald Armstrong: Remember Your Purpose

Earlier this month, I returned home from another fantastic AAMI conference in Tampa, FL.  I was inspired by many new topics and further educated on several of the familiar subjects we cover from year to year. At the same time, there was one topic that seemed to intertwine almost all of the talks and sessions. […]

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June 16, 2016

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William Hyman: If We Could Send a Man to the Moon, Why Can’t We …

A common comparison statement when decrying why we don’t collectively commit ourselves to big endeavors, including better healthcare, is, “If we could send a man to the moon, why can’t we XYZ.” If you are in the moon-landing-never-happened conspiracy theorist camp, this comparison won’t work for you, and you probably will become enraged, so stop […]

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June 14, 2016

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Purna Prasad: EMR and the Clinical Internet of Things

Think of an electronic medical record (EMR) as a clinical instrument. It is a platform for integrating monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic (MDT) data for the patient, the provider, the payer, the researcher, and the regulator. However, an EMR is only as good as the accuracy and precision of the data it contains. The instrumentation infrastructure […]

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June 10, 2016

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Wong and Razzano: Financial Objections Don’t Add Up in Monitoring Debate

ECRI Institute, in its report Top Ten Safety Concerns for 2016, again identified a lack of appropriate monitoring of patients receiving opioids as a major issue. A lack of resources, especially money, is often cited by hospitals as a major obstacle to implementing continuous electronic monitoring. Although hospitals may have resource limitations, there are increased […]

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