October 24, 2017

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Jennifer Jackson: The Gravitational Pull Toward Connectivity

I had lunch with a connectivity colleague the other day. We hadn’t talked in a couple of years, and when he discovered that I now worked nearby, we took the opportunity to meet at a local restaurant. We exchanged stories about family, then the conversation transitioned to work. He has been working for a large […]

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October 16, 2017

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Kenneth Maddock: The Biggest Opportunity for HTM Professionals Today

“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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October 10, 2017

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Rob Jensen: Taking a Side in the Debate over Medical Device Service

This year, we’ve seen an even hotter-than-usual debate about the servicing of medical devices and healthcare technology, thanks in part to calls for new standards, a congressional mandate for an FDA report on the subject, and renewed interest in making data-based decisions. The discussion can get particularly heated when we talk about third-party service providers […]

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October 9, 2017

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

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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October 6, 2017

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William Hyman: The Missing Link in Device Interoperability

Last month, the FDA issued its guidance document Design Considerations and Premarket Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices and a commentary by Bakul Patel. The essence of the form of interoperability addressed is the transfer of data from one medical device to another or perhaps from one or more medical devices to a separate processing […]

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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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