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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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Mary Logan: What the Joys of a Summer Vacation Taught Me about Work

July 8, 2016

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Having just come home from a two-week vacation, I’m recommitted to applying some of the joys of a summer vacation to lighten up the weightiness of work responsibilities: Learn something new every day. One of the joys of vacation for me is tapping into learning something new every day. It might be reading a great […]

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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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Mary Logan: ‘Fit’ to Be Tied? Claims Aside, Fitbit Lawsuit Underscores Important Questions

January 13, 2016

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What’s a medical device? The courts are going to have a field day for years to come with the first of what I predict will be many lawsuits about alleged inaccuracies in the growing number of consumer health and fitness products. A class-action lawsuit, alleging faulty heart-rate monitoring with an activity tracking device, has made […]

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Mary Logan: Thanksgiving Is More than a Holiday

November 25, 2015

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Like many Americans, I am already weary in this long campaign season of the posturing of our nation’s politicians, wondering if any of them truly put our nation’s best interests ahead of their own. A recent trip to Africa curbed my frustrations with the campaigns, and I came home in this season of gratitude reminded […]

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Mary Logan: Risk Management Is Everyone’s Business

October 6, 2015

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Last week, I listened to an impressive lineup of panelists and attendees at the seventh AAMI-FDA Summit, this one tackling the subject of risk management. The inspiration for this update is a recurring theme in the summit that “risk management is everyone’s business.” Starting with the keynote address of Jeff Natterman, the risk manager for […]

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Mary Logan: A Tribute to Those Impacted by Unintended Consequences

September 11, 2015

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If you have been to the AAMI headquarters, you know how much we appreciate having a great restaurant on the street level of our building—The Willow. It has been on the “best of Arlington” list for most of its 10-year history. For us at AAMI, it’s convenient, with great food, and the Willow staff has […]

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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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Mary Logan: Whose World View Do We Use to Define and Manage Risk?

May 27, 2015

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I’m fascinated by the wide variety in how people in healthcare technology define, view, manage, and tolerate risk. I have added to my reading list on this topic a recent article by Malcolm Gladwell on auto recalls, “The Engineer’s Lament.” In our world of healthcare technology, Gladwell’s piece helps all of us, engineer or not, […]

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Mary Logan: We Need Science, not Scapegoats, in Sterility Assurance Debate

March 24, 2015

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“How clean is clean enough?” has resurfaced as a pressing question in medical device reprocessing because of national media coverage of superbug outbreaks involving contaminated duodenoscopes. While the intense media interest is new, the issue itself is not. Over the past several years, a number of hospitals have had to send sobering letters to patients […]

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