Biomed News – July 2012

July 01, 2012

Obama Signs Device User-Fee Bill

US President Barack Obama signed the Medical Device User-Fee Bill on July 11, according to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). The bill allows the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect $6 billion from medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies for new devices and drugs for another five years.

Passed by the US Senate last month, the new law called the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act permits the US FDA to collect up to $595 million in fees from makers of every medical device application. The amount is reported to be double the current user fee, expiring this September.

According to the FDA, the higher fee means that more staff will be hired to work closely with companies earlier in the application processes. The review process is part of the premarket review program for ensured safety and improved patient treatment.

AAMI reported that the approved bill has been welcomed and praised by medical device manufacturers.

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CMIA Sets Date for 2013 Annual Conference

The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) has announced the date for its annual conference in 2013. Set on January 10 to 13 next year, the conference have the theme, “CMIA, Positioning and Educating Health Care Technology Management and IT for the Future”, and will showcase educational offerings, exhibits among members, a golf tournament and an awards dinner.

The event will take place at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, California.

For more information on the CMIA Annual Conference, visit

NCBA Calls for Jim Struthers Award of Excellence Nominees

The North Central Biomedical Association (NCBA) has opened nominations for the Jim Struthers Award of Excellence. According to the nominee guidelines set by the NCBA, “nominees must have demonstrated devoted leadership and service to the biomedical community. Giving time, energy, and availability to ensure the growth and development of not only their immediate surroundings, but also to the entire biomedical community”.

Submission of nominees is until August 1, 2012. The award was named after Jim Struther, an NCBA colleague who had Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

For more information on the Jim Struthers Awards and nomination guidelines, visit

HBA Announces Deadline for Annual Golf Outing Registration

As part of its annual tradition, the Heartland Biomedical Association (HBA) will be holding its 9th Golf Outing at the Pacific Springs Golf Course in Omaha, Nebraska. The golf tournament will take place on August 18 and start at 2PM.

Registration ends on August 4, 2012 or until the tournament completes 36 teams. For any inquiries on the upcoming tournament, visit

NTBA to Hold Next Meeting

The North Texas Biomedical Association is inviting members and non-members to attend its upcoming association meeting. The next NTBA meeting will take place on August 13 at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Auditorium. The meeting will start at 6PM.

For registration inquiries, go to

CABMET to Hold Symposium and Golf Tournament

The Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians will be holding its 10th Symposium at the Children’s Hospital in Colorado from August 17 - 18. A golf tournament will also be held at the Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club.

For inquiries on the allotted, discounted accommodations at the Spring Hill Suites in Colorado, visit

OAHE to Discuss Life Safety Systems in Summer Meeting

The Oklahoma Association of Healthcare Engineers will be addressing issues covering life safety systems in its upcoming summer meeting. The meeting will take place on August 17 at Boldt Construction’s Training Center in Oklahoma. Registration will start at 8AM.

For more registration details on the OAHE Summer Meeting, go to



LA CMIA Chapter Holds Meeting with Philips Healthcare

The Los Angeles Chapter of the California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) held its meeting at the San Antonio Winery last July 10. The members enjoyed wine tasting and a venue tour as preliminary activities for the meeting.

Philips Healthcare also sponsored a presentation revolving around the topic “Patient Care and Clinical Informatics”.

Read more about this event at

NESCE Addresses Alarms Management at Summer Meeting

On July 19, the New England Society of Clinical Engineering held their summer meeting featuring a presentation from device maker, Masimo. Conducted by Masimo Director Gary Clawson, the presentation addressed issues on alarm management for medical devices.

The meeting also recognized a number of students for their award-winning projects.

To learn more about NESCE’s meeting, go to

CE-IT Community Discusses Interdepartmental and Collaboration Study

The Clinical Engineering and IT Community recently held a virtual town hall meeting on July 18. Moderated by Elliot Sloane, PhD, the meeting provided an informative discussion on the issues associated with interdepartmental collaboration of a major healthcare system. The discussion covered concerns between a biomedical engineering department and the IT section of the hospital.

Baylor Health Care System Director of Biomedical Engineering, David Braeutigam, CBET presented the case study.

See the full details of the virtual town hall meeting at

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