AAMI and GE Foundations to Develop BMET Training In Underserved Countries

May 01, 2015

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation will be partnering up with the General Electric (GE) Foundation to develop a new training model for biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) in developing countries.

The two foundations will be working together to create a scalable, time- and cost-effective training model that teaches skilled personnel how to properly repair and maintain medical equipment.

Current BMET training protocols in developing countries will be studied by the AAMI Foundation with the help of other stakeholders. Through this, the organization hopes to identify key players such as students, ministries of health, nongovernmental organization, and trainers who can provide information on the successes and challenges of existing practices.

Meanwhile, the GE Foundation has been working with Engineering World Health (EWH) through its Developing Health Globally campaign to identify trainers in resource-poor areas. In a statement released by the GE Foundation, it was discovered that a majority of laboratory and medical equipment in developing countries were either partially or completely out of service.

The two organizations will be presenting their new model during a stakeholder meeting on June 11 to 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada, alongside the 2015 International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering. A meeting summary will be released in August, with a final report to be published in the fall.

Through this initiative, the AAMI and GE Foundations hope to create a professional network for BMETs to connect throughout the developing world and beyond. AIV provides support for multiple biomedical associations in the United States and around the world, including AAMI. We also provide fetal monitoring solutions and repair services for leading manufacturers such as GE. To learn more about the various biomedical and healthcare technology management associations that AIV supports, visit http://aiv-inc.com/biomed-associations.html.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AAMI to Celebrate Healthcare Technology Management Week

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will be hosting its annual Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) week celebrations from May 17 to 23, 2015. The event aims to promote awareness and appreciation for biomed equipment technicians, clinical engineers, and other members of the HTM field.

For more information on ways to celebrate HTM week with AAMI, visit http://www.aami.org/events/content.aspx?itemnumber=1236&navItemNumber=566

BMES to Hold 2015 Student Design Competition

The deadline for entries to the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) 2015 Student Design Competition will be closing on May 25, 2015. All BMES undergraduate student members are encouraged to enter. The top six proposals will be chosen and winners will be given the opportunity to present their work at the BMES 2015 Annual Meeting.

To learn more about the contest, visit http://bmes.org/

PAST EVENTS:

HTMA-SC Hosts Annual Conference

The Healthcare Technology Management Association of South Carolina (HTMA-SC) held its 2015 Annual Conference on May 1, 2015 at the SC Hospital Association Conference Center. The conference featured nine educational sessions, 22 exhibitors, an end-of-day membership meeting, Board election, and prize drawings.

To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.htma-sc.org/event-1724028?CalendarViewType=0&SelectedDate=5/13/2015

AAHE Hosts Annual Meeting and Trade Show

The Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineering (AAHE) hosted its 50th Annual Meeting and Trade Show on May 6 to 8, 2015 at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in Arkansas. The meeting featured several discussions on clinical, facilities, and safety, topics followed by the trade show on May 7, 2015.

ALaSHE Hosts Spring Conference

The Alabama Society for Healthcare Engineering (ALaSHE) hosted its Spring Conference on May 13 to 15, 2015 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front in Florida. The three day event featured discussions on the latest rules, regulations, and codes in the biomedical industry. New products and services were also featured in the conference’s Technical Exhibition.

For more information on the conference, visit http://alashe.org/upcoming-conferences/

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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