Biomed News - February 2012

February 01, 2012

CMIA Awarded Marcia Wylie as Professional of the Year
Earlier this month, the California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) awarded Marcia Wylie, MBA, BS with the highest honor of the organization. The 2012 Welch Allyn CMIA Professional of the Year award given to Wylie was for “exemplifying the meaning of biomedical engineering… and for her dedication to learning and desire to provide excellent customer service to her hospital departments.”

Marcia Wylie is one of the founding members of the CMIA San Diego Chapter and a senior director of the biomedical engineering at Scripps Health. She received her plaque at the CMIA banquet along with her $1000 check, sponsored by Welch Allyn Inc and an automatic nomination for the AAMI award program. Wylie worked her way up to be the system-wide senior director, initially working as a biomedical engineer for the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

Wylie is credited for her contribution in the biomedical field, by opening clinical system specialist positions, providing IT and project management training and collaborating with health care professionals to develop technology projects.

Learn more about the Professional of the Year Award at CMIA’s website at

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GMI Sponsors BMETS February Meeting

Global Medical Imaging (GMI) is set to sponsor the upcoming Baltimore Medical Engineers and Technicians Society (BMETS) meeting on February 29.

The medical imaging solutions provider will be holding a presentation at the SNYDER’S Willow Grove Restaurant in Linthicum after the organization’s business meeting and dinner. The meeting will start at 6PM.

BMETS encourages members to RSVP to the event by February 26. For more details, visit BMETS website at

NTBA Encourages Early Registration for Upcoming Certification Exam

The National Texas Biomedical Association would like to remind everyone of the first upcoming certification exam this year. NTBA is calling out to everyone who would like to take the exam during the first testing period to register as early as possible. The first testing period will be held on May 9-12, 2012. Registration is until March 23rd.

Aspiring examinees are required to submit the following: completed application form; school/military diploma and certification from current employer. To learn more about the upcoming certification examination by the International Certification Commission (ICC), you may visit NTBA’s website at



ICIS’ YouTube Channel Launched

The Intermountain Clinical Instrumentation Society (ICIS) has recently introduced its own YouTube channel, providing an opportunity for members and the general public to view and listen to presentations. The short videos will feature topics from health care technology innovations to awareness of how an organization can support on-going changes in technology.

ICIS strongly encourages individuals and organizations to submit their own videos, audio and articles to be featured onthe association’s YouTube channel. ICIS also has social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook and their newsletter.

To learn how to be a part of this new venture, visit their website at

ECRI Institute held Webinar on CMS Preventive Maintenance Schedules

Last February 15, the ECRI Institute hosted a Webinar on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) preventive maintenance schedules. The webinar was entitled “What Happened to Evidence-based Maintenance? Should CMS Revise Its Preventive Maintenance Directive?”

The webinar is in line with the recently issued directive from CMS which requires hospitals to follow manufacturer recommendations for inspecting and maintaining critical care and imaging equipment. This directive was implemented for hospitals to receive payments from Medicare and Medicaid. However, there have been some issues with the directive, including its contradiction with the Joint Commission which allows hospitals to use their own experience and standard in identifying how frequently medical devices should be checked.

The 90-minute webinar featured presenters from the ECRI Institute including Tim Ritter, CBET, CCE, senior project engineer, health devices and Jonathan Gaev, MSE, CCE, HEM, PMP, director for technical programs and health devices. A random and anonymous survey was conducted during the web conference which allowed participants to voice out their concerns and comments regarding the new directive from CMS.

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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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