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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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Gregory Herr: HTM Must Rethink Its Role to Thrive in Modern Healthcare

March 27, 2017

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As the term “healthcare technology management (HTM)” becomes more prevalent, those of us who work in this field are still challenged with what this name really means. How does one implement the goals of HTM? What are the new opportunities? Embracing HTM as a name should be the first step in a broader goal of […]

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William Hyman: Precision Matters in Medical Device Terminology

December 20, 2016

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I have long been concerned (some might say obsessed) with the distinction between a medical device being “approved” and one being “cleared.” In simple terms, only a Class III device that has successfully traversed the PMA process has been approved. A Class II device that has reached the market via a 510(k) Premarket Notification has […]

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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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Melissa Kozak: Hey Millennials! You Need to Know about HTM

May 17, 2016

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As today’s generation of young students and professionals contemplate their futures, I offer these top five reasons for why they should consider a career in healthcare technology management (HTM). HTM is an up-and-coming field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2012 and 2022, employment growth for what it describes as “healthcare practitioners and […]

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William Hyman: The Mystery of ‘Updated’ FDA Web Pages

April 21, 2016

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In the lower left-hand corner of most FDA web pages is a date given as “page last updated.” The straightforward understanding of this would be that either the whole page or something substantive on the page was changed on that date. In some cases, there is no other date associated with the information provided so […]

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Mary Logan: Civility Matters

March 29, 2016

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Civility has been a recurring topic of conversation in our household recently. The discussions are sparked primarily by harsh political rhetoric among grown men who evidently didn’t learn much in kindergarten. It is deeply troubling to see courtesy toward one another and respect for humankind so readily abandoned in favor of violent speech and action […]

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Marilyn Neder Flack: A Salute to the Everyday Heroes of Patient Safety

March 16, 2016

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In reflecting on Patient Safety Awareness Week, it is important to note the heroes who focus on the safety of their patients 365 days a year: doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers, clinical engineers, biomedical equipment technicians, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation experts, nutritionists, pharmacists, laboratory specialists, central sterilization professionals, paramedics—and I know I am missing so many more!! […]

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