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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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Matthew B. Weinger: Can We Make Patient-Centered Care Really Patient Centered?

September 20, 2016

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If we are to move from our current provider-centered system toward a more patient-centered system of healthcare, we must understand the obstacles. The Institute of Medicine defines patient-centered care as “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.” How […]

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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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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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Stephen Berger: Hospitals Must Address Interference Issue Raised by FCC Ruling

August 31, 2015

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On Aug. 6, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the use of TV White Space (TVWS) devices in the 600 MHz band. As part of the order, TVWS devices are allowed to share Channel 37 with Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) systems that operate there. Hospitals and healthcare organizations that operate WMTS systems on […]

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Mary Logan: ‘Build to Evolve, Not to Last’

July 24, 2015

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These provocative words echo in my ears a week after listening to keynoter Jan Bosch at the recent INCOSE International Symposium in Seattle. INCOSE is the professional society for systems engineers spanning multiple domains. Bosch is a highly respected systems engineer who leads the Software Center in Sweden, where industry, academia, and government collaborate to […]

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Tammy M. Pelnik: The Key to Fewer Do-Overs and More Satisfied Customers

May 11, 2015

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On one hand, a quality management system or QMS sounds like a sterile, standards-based construct: a checklist of things that need to be done. Where’s the value added with all of the procedures and paperwork? But the other hand has the true story: a QMS gives enough structure and support to disparate individuals so that, […]

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Michael Appel: The Risk of Unknown Risks

March 30, 2015

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AAMI President Mary Logan’s March quarterly update to the AAMI community describes precisely the essence—and challenge—of safety management: Risk, not outcomes, is what determines safety. A shared challenge among medical device companies, as well as other industries whose focus is safety, is that a low tolerance for risk is confounded by the difficulty of identifying […]

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Matthew B. Weinger: Why Are Our Infusion Pumps Not Smarter or Safer?

January 28, 2015

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Houston, we (still) have a problem. Every surgical patient and nearly every hospitalized patient receives medications as well as fluids via the intravenous (IV) route. Infusions are prone to error. For example, in a 2005 study of hospitalized Australian patients receiving continuous IV infusions, there was an 18% incidence of error. I have been practicing […]

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Ken Hoyme: Systems Thinkers, Engineers, and a Systems Approach All Have a Role to Play

January 26, 2015

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You will be hearing a lot more about systems thinking and the principles of systems engineering from AAMI in the coming years. Recognizing the importance of this skill for the AAMI membership, a systems advisory group was formed last year, and it involves closer collaboration with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). AAMI’s new […]

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