Biomed News - December 2011

December 01, 2011
CE-IT Community Holds First “Virtual” Town Hall Meeting

Last November 1, the CE-IT Community (Clinical Engineering/IT Collaboration) held its first “virtual” town hall meeting. The collaboration was sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The 90-minute interactive session provided free information and updates on medical device interoperability to 200 participants.

In this online meeting, new requirements for interoperable devices issued by the US government, as well as standards and initiatives were discussed. The meeting presented case studies on the current state of medical devices and IT compatibility, focusing on citing two healthcare systems in the country. Inoperability difficulties faced by management professionals were also addressed during the meeting.

The panelists for the virtual meeting included Elliot Sloane, PhD, a 36-year expert on IT and medical technologies; Paul Maurer, CPHIMS, director of applications for Main Line Health in Pennsylvania; and Steve Merritt, Baystate Healthcare System infrastructure engineer.

With the success of this event, “virtual” town hall meetings will be held monthly discussing current issues and will allow open deliberation among its participants and expert panelists. This monthly online discourse is open to all members of ACCE, AAMI and HIMSS and is free of charge.

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AAMI 2012 Wall Calendar

The 2012 edition of AAMI’s popular wall calendar is now available. To receive complimentary copies of the wall calendar to distribute to your biomed society members, please click the link below and enter your information by Friday, January 6, 2012. Up to 50 complimentary copies can be requested for your society.  All requests will be accommodated while supplies last. 

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NTBA Evolving Medical Technology Presentation and 2012 Elected Officers

The North Texas Biomedical Association in Children’s Medical Center of Dallas will hold a two-hour meeting about evolving medical technology on December 12. Jeff Hinto, director of technology services at CREST Services and Tom Collins, director of clinical engineering and biomedical services at Parkland Hospital, will be showing their presentations entitled “Medical Technology is Evolving. Are you?” and “Parkland Hospital’s Biomedical Structure”, respectively. The session will be held at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

The organization has already elected officers for 2012. New officers are President - Dave Francoeur, First Vice President - David Braeutigam, Second Vice President - Patrick Przybyla, Treasurer - Carol Wyatt and Secretary - Jewell Newell. The next meeting of the North Texas Biomedical Association is scheduled on February 13, 2012 at 6 pm.

New Officers Election at KCBS

On December 13, the Kansas City Biomedical Society elected new officers and approved revised bylaws. New officers are President, Mike Oparnico, UHS, Vice-President Ray Karre, Community Blood Center, Treasurer Tim Cordes, St. Lukes Health Systems, Secretary John Carson, University of Kansas Hospital, Web Master Chris Coleman, Hill-Rom Inc. and Education Carl Campbell, VA Medical Center Topeka/Leavenworth.

ACCE to Host Technology Management in Telemedicine

A workshop sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering, CEs and BMETs will focus on the technology used in home health care and different delivery models. This session aims to coach CEs and BMETs to provide technology to clinicians, remote monitoring and remote alerting. The session will be held on December 15, 2011.

NCBA Quarterly Meeting

The North Central Biomedical Association will hold its quarterly meeting at the Heart and Vascular Center Auditorium in Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital on December 16, 2011. The highlight in this meeting would be the presentation of the Stryker Endoscopy video tower.

NMBBA’s BioMedical Tuesday

Sponsored by the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, BioMedical Tuesday will be held on January 10, 2012. The forum will focus on state R&D tax credit benefits and its recent developments. Case studies for biotechnology companies and international opportunities will be presented.

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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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