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Kenneth Maddock: The Biggest Opportunity for HTM Professionals Today

October 16, 2017

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“What is the biggest opportunity for healthcare technology management professionals today?” If you aren’t wondering, you should be. I believe that we are at a critical juncture in our field’s development, and understanding where we are going and what opportunities exist should be important to everyone in the field, whether you ask me, someone else, […]

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Rebecca Arthur: The Importance of Downtime Strategies for HTM-Supported Clinical Information Systems

October 9, 2017

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I meet with my team every Monday to review issues that occurred over the weekend, repeat service calls for various systems, and any upcoming downtime that we need to notify users about. Our downtime strategy has developed over the last few years from a “let’s at least do it once a year” to a monthly, […]

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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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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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David Stiles: HTM’s Essential Role in Disaster Preparedness

August 28, 2017

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This past week, we experienced two major natural events that affected a large part of our nation. First, the rapid trajectory of our sun and moon across our continent created, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a full solar eclipse. But then, the slow and lumbering trajectory of Hurricane Harvey across the Texas Gulf […]

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Pat Baird and Erin Sparnon: When It Comes to Cybersecurity, You Can’t Do It Alone

August 24, 2017

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You oughta see the view from my silo! During this summer’s AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo, we were excited to again be the facilitators for the session, Top 10 Issues Facing HTM. Every year, we pose questions to the audience regarding emerging HTM issues, and the audience members share their experiences and practices. And, every […]

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Larry Fennigkoh: It’s Past Time for HTM to Turn Data into Knowledge

August 11, 2017

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How do you scientifically determine the effect of something on something else? The answer (in whatever form it may take and regardless of the branch of science from which it originates) may often be answered through use of a well-established statistical technique referred to as regression analysis. It is through the application and appropriate use […]

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Alan Lipschultz: Are You Ready? Two Big Changes on the Horizon for HTM

August 9, 2017

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Two standards in development will, if approved, significantly impact the healthcare technology management (HTM) field. If they aren’t already on your organization’s radar, they should be. The first one involves a push by medical device manufacturers to get hospital-based and non–manufacturer-based service organizations to follow some of the quality systems requirements that manufacturers currently follow. […]

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