AAMI’s Human Factors for Medical Devices Course to Continue in Europe Following Successful Debut

November 05, 2014

Following this year’s success in its debut in Europe, leading technology and product design consultancy firm Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) affirmed further sponsorship of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)’s highly acclaimed Human Factors for Medical Devices course program, including the one slated on January 2015.

Biomed Monthly – Jult 2014With a common mission to promote Usability Engineering in line with developing revolutionary medical devices in the clinical arena, CDP and AAMI collaborated to conduct the course in Europe last April. This was aimed to address the need of European-based medical device innovators and developers for in-depth knowledge on how to integrate human factors into the product development process, making patient safety a top priority.

The course practically addressed usability engineering techniques to provide insightful perspectives towards usability submission for both the USA and the EU regulatory regimes. “At CDP our experience developing novel medical devices shows us that effective Usability Engineering is crucial to commercial success, not only to meet regulatory requirements but to enable new products to succeed in a competitive marketplace,” said Mike Cane, Founder, Cambridge Design Partnership. The course content outlined human factors methodologies including contextual inquiry, heuristic evaluations, formative studies and more.

The definitive Human Factors for Medical Devices course exclusively invited Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representatives Dr. Ed Israelski, a convener of the international human factors medical standards with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Dr. Robert North, the FDA human factors standards co-author to share first-hand insights into streamlined medical device approvals, common submission errors, and deficiencies.

Medical device manufacturers benefited from this world-class course as it discussed the processes approved by regulatory boards for quality control that ensured that the devices are intuitively designed and safe for patients to use. AAMI and CDP look forward to the next Human Factors for Medical Devices course lecture that will be held on January 27-29, 2015 at the Park Inn Conference Centre, Heathrow Airport, UK.

An advocate of the advancement of the medical device industry, AIV is dedicated to providing support to biomedical and clinical engineering field across all national, state, and local groups including the AAMI and its educational programs for biomedical engineering and clinical professionals. Browse through the list of biomedical associations across the U.S. that AIV supports at www.aiv-inc.com/biomed-associations.html.

Upcoming Events:

AAMI Workshop: Developing and Validating Software for the Medical Device Industry

AAMI invites all design engineers, software developers, testers, project and program managers, process engineers and other personnel involved in software validation activities to attend the upcoming workshop on November 10-12, 2014 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. The interactive workshop is designed to provide an intensive coverage of the software validation activities as well as its regulatory requirements.

To register for this workshop, visit www.aami.org/meetings/courses/software.workshop.html for complete details.

2014 BMES Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (MBECC)

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will be hosting the 2014 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Regional Career Conference. The event is aimed at providing a wealth of field information and networking opportunities to all biomedical engineering students and working professionals. The program will be held on November 7, 2014 at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan.

For more information about the conference, check out bmes.org/mbecc14 today.

Health Care Construction Certificate Workshop

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) offers comprehensive training and Health Care Construction (HCC) certification to all contractors, health care facility managers, and construction project managers. The workshop will feature an e-learning program and a two-day seminar that highlights critical topics in health care construction. Interested parties are invited to attend the workshop on November 11-12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

For complete details on the workshop and its registration procedure, visit www.ashe.org/learn/seminars_and_workshops/HCC/index.html#.U98Y6NySzD today.

Health Care Facility Management and Construction: Infection Prevention

Healthcare professionals involved in the construction, renovation, and operation of health care facilities are among the target attendees for the forthcoming “Health Care Facility Management and Construction: Infection Prevention” program on November 11-12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will provide lectures, case study reviews, problem-solving exercises, and group discussions to understand various ways on becoming a valuable member of the healthcare construction team.

Visit www.ashe.org/learn/seminars_and_workshops/IC/index.html for more details.

Healthcare Reform: Missouri Hospital Association Annual Convention & Trade Show

The Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) will be hosting its annual Missouri Hospital Association Convention and Trade Show on November 5-7, 2014 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. The convention will feature interpretation of the Environment of Care, Emergency Management and Life Safety standards, and review of equivalency, to name a few.

Learn more about this event at www.mosheonline.org/events/index.php.

Past Event:

2014 Symposium and Vendor Exhibition

The Healthcare Technology Management Association-Midwest (HTMA-MW formerly KCBS) recently held a one-day symposium and vendor exhibition event at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Kansas City, MO last October 25, 2014. The successful symposium featured educational classes for biomedical engineering technologists (BMETs) clinical technicians, and healthcare managers that focused on electronic medical record (EMR) and medical device connectivity, among other medical devices and its respective applications.

More information on this recently held symposium could be found at www.kcbiomed.org/events/symposium.

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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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