Carol Herman: Update From Standards Week

AAMI kicked off Standards Week with new training programs for committee members and staff.  How it works, who can participate, the publications processes , etc. were all big discussions at the training. Everyone walked away with a greater understanding of the entire department and standards development process.

Another huge improvement in the standards process is the move to our new online standards management platform powered by Kavi.  This platform far exceeds the previous database capabilities, and will allow user-friendly document management, commenting, balloting, and all the other functions of standards development.

At AAMI Standards Week, two training sessions were offered and nearly half of all the attendees sat in and received the training.  While we have only migrated data for all the committees meeting this week, the feedback is extremely positive and everyone is looking forward to accessing all the other committee work in the near future.

AAMI is working hard on the transition from the old database to this new online platform, and I encourage all committee members to stay tuned.  We hope to have all committees moved over by January.

Carol Herman

Senior Vice President, Standards Policy & Programs



One thought on “Carol Herman: Update From Standards Week

  1. I want to ask that AAMI develop and implement a standard for medical equipment serviceability and maintainability. The standard should define for equipment manufacturers and distributors how to do things like: write practical and functional service manuals, create a PM procedure that is reproducible in the biomed shop using industry standard test equipment, create a functional and realistic logistics model for repair and maintenance parts, access and use service software modes, download read and interpret on-board event logs, and lastly connect, maintain, and integrate data input and output ports. The standard should have some form of financial mechanisms as well, that speak to limiting various costs to fair market values.

    Far too many OEMs are developing closed service models and taking unilateral steps to lock hospital-based biomeds out of the service models for their devices. These behaviors are becoming widespread, so much so that if left unchecked, biomed training classes will only need to cover use of UPS shipping software, packing and shipping theory and how to call a vendor for service.

    This behavior has far reaching consequences for the cost of healthcare delivery in this country. There are no checks and balances on what OEMs can charge for parts and service. Biomeds have been a check and balance to this on the past by offering cost effective alternatives. As more and more OEMs close their service models, this is becoming less so.

    Please consider this. Thank you.

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