It’s not often we hear about a successful and growing annual conference that is considering major changes. Recently, however, a small group gathered in a meeting room at AAMI’s headquarters in Arlington, VA, to explore that very topic. To those of you who have attended the AAMI Annual Conference in recent years, I need not explain that it has made great strides and improvements. Nonetheless, a handful of AAMI staff, including President Mary Logan, set aside a day to meet with a contingent of AAMI members, myself among them, to discuss how to build on success. How do we make the AAMI Annual Conference that much better?
The format for the day was challenging: a facilitated discussion where the team tried diligently to stay away from the small details and focus instead on the big picture. How we might bring the “wow” factor in coming years? As a group, we found ourselves asking more questions than settling on immediate answers. What is “wow”? Where do we fit, and what are our goals and aspirations for the conference? One of my favorite questions of the day: “How many ‘aha’ moments make a wow?”
Without sharing anything out of turn or spoiling any surprises, I’m excited about the promise of change. Some changes likely will be small and others big, but I’m confident all of them will be focused on making the conference fresh and inspiring to the healthcare technology management, manufacturing, and standards communities.
It’s not an easy question, but what do you think brings “wow” to an annual conference?
Barrett Franklin, MS, CCE, is chief clinical engineer with the VA New England Healthcare System in Bedford, MA. He is a member of AAMI’s Technology Management Council, and is the first recipient of AAMI’s Young Professional Award.