September 22, 2017

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Steve Yelton: We Need Your Help for a National Science Foundation Grant

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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September 21, 2017

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William Hyman: Bills in Congress Address Medical Device Safety

In April, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced HR 2163, the Medical Device Guardians Act. This act proposes to add physicians and physician offices to those that must report medical devices misadventures under the FDA’s Medical Device Reporting (MDR) requirements. The legislation excels in brevity and simplicity by amending the term “covered device user facility” in […]

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September 19, 2017

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Robert Sayle: Get Manufacturers on Board with Digital Certificates

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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September 11, 2017

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Ted Cohen: Let’s Actively Reduce Security Hazards Through Better Patch Management

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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September 6, 2017

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Russell Furst: ‘Objective’ Technology Assessments Can Miss the Mark

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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August 28, 2017

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David Stiles: HTM’s Essential Role in Disaster Preparedness

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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August 24, 2017

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

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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August 11, 2017

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

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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August 9, 2017

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

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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August 8, 2017

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William Hyman: Reauthorization Bill Calls for FDA Report on Medical Device Service

The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 completed its passage through Congress on Aug. 3, and the bill will become law once signed by President Trump. Although a major focus of this legislation is FDA user fees that are paid by manufacturers, it also addresses a number of other topics, including a favorite of everyone involved […]

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