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Samantha Jacques: Clinical Engineering Has Crucial Role in Facilities Projects

April 18, 2017

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For the past few years, AAMI, ACCE, HIMMS, and others have been working to bridge the gap between the clinical or biomedical engineering (or healthcare technology management) department and the information technology (IT) department within a hospital or hospital system. We continue to learn how valuable a relationship is between CE and IT and how […]

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Jennifer DeFrancesco: Are We Missing the Big Picture with Big Data?

April 13, 2017

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Healthcare technology management (HTM) prides itself on being driven by “big data.” We have more metrics and ways at making evidence-based decisions than most within the healthcare industry.  Now that we are well into the era of big data, the struggle has been making it relevant. Sure, as HTM, we have settled nicely into our […]

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Robert Sayle: Attention Biomeds! Your IT Colleague Would Like to Chat

April 4, 2017

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Hey, biomed! It’s me, Bob in IT. I’m from the networking team. I know we haven’t spoken much, but I think we should. You see, we’ve got some problems we need to solve. I have ideas on what to do, but I don’t totally understand your systems, so I need your input. Let’s take security […]

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Sue Schade: Yes We Can, Women in HTM

January 27, 2017

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I recently wrote a post aimed at women working in health IT and presented a HIMSS webinar about attracting the future leaders in STEM. In preparing for the webinar, I tapped the women who have received the CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year Award over the years. This includes the most recent recipient, Pam Arora, senior […]

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Wil Vargas: Tackling the Tower of Babel with Health Software Defects

October 31, 2016

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A security flaw is identified in another medical device, another set of patient data results is mixed up, configuration information is lost after a software update, another device fails to perform as intended. News stories continue to implicate software in medical device failures as the use of software in healthcare continues to grow. We don’t […]

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Fu, Halamka, Kufahl, and Logan: Hospitals Need Better Cybersecurity, Not More Fear

September 23, 2016

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We’ve seen unprecedented attention to medical-device security after an unorthodox report was recently released by short-selling investment research firm Muddy Waters Capital and MedSec, which alleged security vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers. An independent research team subsequently raised doubts about some of the clinical claims made by the report. St. Jude Medical, meanwhile, has […]

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Mary Logan: Warning, Warning! Systems Overload

August 4, 2016

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

July 29, 2016

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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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Purna Prasad: EMR and the Clinical Internet of Things

June 14, 2016

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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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Gerry Castro: Understanding Human Nature Is Key to the Success of Health IT

February 16, 2016

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When it comes to considering the future of a healthy health information technology (IT) ecosystem, organizations need to develop a systems approach to safety. We all make mistakes, so organizations should try to engineer health IT systems, organizational structures, workflows, and processes to take this into account, making it easier to do the right thing. […]

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