Archive | September, 2017

Steve Yelton: We Need Your Help for a National Science Foundation Grant

September 22, 2017

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A common theme for many years and escalating now is the need for qualified healthcare technology management (HTM) technicians. We have heard you and are working diligently to effectively look “outside the box” to address this challenge. A group of us at AAMI and beyond are working on attaining a National Science Foundation planning grant […]

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William Hyman: Bills in Congress Address Medical Device Safety

September 21, 2017

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In April, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced HR 2163, the Medical Device Guardians Act. This act proposes to add physicians and physician offices to those that must report medical devices misadventures under the FDA’s Medical Device Reporting (MDR) requirements. The legislation excels in brevity and simplicity by amending the term “covered device user facility” in […]

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Robert Sayle: Get Manufacturers on Board with Digital Certificates

September 19, 2017

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Hey, biomed! Thanks for waiting for me after the change control board meeting IT just had. I wanted to follow up on our discussion of supplicants for medical device cybersecurity because the best way to leverage 802.1X is to use digital certificates. Why would we do this? Because we can prepare your equipment for authentication […]

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Ted Cohen: Let’s Actively Reduce Security Hazards Through Better Patch Management

September 11, 2017

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Medical devices have become increasingly computerized, networked, and integrated with electronic health records, picture archiving and communication systems, and other systems. Meanwhile, we have seen a major increase in computer malware attacks (e.g., WannaCry). Given this environment, it is imperative for the medical device industry and healthcare technology management (HTM) field to improve information technology […]

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Russell Furst: ‘Objective’ Technology Assessments Can Miss the Mark

September 6, 2017

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Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals usually encourage their organizations (or clients) to use objective criteria when prioritizing equipment replacement. This desire for objectivity commonly leads to some type of technology assessment using a scoring system based on criteria such as age, reliability, overall condition, utilization, state of the technology (from cutting edge to obsolete), useful […]

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