Biomed News – July 2014

July 01, 2014

CMS Ruling on Relocatable Power Taps

For the most up-to-date information on CMS’ decision on Relocatable Power Taps used in patient care areas, please visit our dedicated information page here.

ECRI Partners with AAMI in Promoting Healthcare Technology Safety

Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) recently collaborated to create the 2014 report entitled “Executive Insights on Healthcare Technology Safety,” which aims to address the top technology safety and healthcare issues for the awareness of biomedical engineers, clinical technologists, and healthcare delivery executives.

Biomed Monthly – Jult 2014The report focused on today’s core safety issues on advanced biomedical technology such as alarm systems, Luer connector, cyber security, batteries, and recalls. According to AAMI President Mary Logan, "The complexities of technology are growing, whereas health care is more and more dependent on technology that is getting more and more complex."

With the advent of biomedical breakthroughs, the safety and quality of health care technologies should be in the forefront of healthcare providers’ minds in order to further optimize the patient care delivery. Thus, this report by ECRI and AAMI is a step forward to help medical executives recognize and monitor such technology safety issues.

ECRI and AAMI came up with these understated safety issues upon extensively evaluating and analyzing the rate of product recalls, patient complaints, safety notices, adverse incident reports, FDA priorities, and other safety issues in the biomedical technology field. over the years.

With healthcare technology safety as their common goal, the two organizations plan to update the 2014 report in the coming years. In other news, ECRI is slated to publish another relevant report called “Top 10 Technology Safety Hazards” on November.

AAMI Honors Eight for Contributions to Healthcare Technology Field

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an organization that represents a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals, has saluted eight professionals for their efforts to move the healthcare technology industry forward.

Each year, AAMI honors leaders, visionaries, and innovators who have made a positive difference in healthcare technology. This year’s recipients have diverse interests and areas of expertise, but share one common value: a commitment to excellence. The winners received their awards at the AAMI 2014 Conference & Expo, which took place May 31–June 2 in Philadelphia, PA.

The eight award winners are:

AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award: Matthew B. Weinger, MD, Professor and Vice Chair at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

This is AAMI's most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD, and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.

AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award: Ismael Cordero, Biomedical Services Manager at Gradian Health Systems in New York

This award—honoring the late humanitarian Robert Morris—recognizes individuals or organizations whose humanitarian efforts have applied healthcare technology to improving global human conditions.

AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care’s Clinical Solution Award: Robert D. Butterfield, Engineering Research Fellow at CareFusion

This award honors a healthcare technology professional (individual or group) that has applied innovative clinical engineering practices or principles to solve one or more significant clinical patient care problems or challenges facing a patient population, community, or group.

AAMI & Becton Dickinson’s Patient Safety Award: Mark E. Bruley, CCE, Vice President for Accident and Forensic Investigation at ECRI Institute

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by healthcare professionals who have made a significant advancement toward the improvement of patient safety.

AAMI’s HTM Leader of the Year: Patrick K. Lynch, CCE, CBET, MBA, Biomedical Support Specialist at GMI (Global Medical Imaging)

This award recognizes individual excellence, achievement, and leadership in the healthcare technology management (HTM) profession.

AAMI and GE Healthcare’s BMET of the Year Award: Petty Officer First Class Chad Sinclair, U.S. Navy

This award is given to a biomedical equipment technician (BMET) to recognize individual dedication, achievement, and excellence in the field of healthcare technology management.

AAMI’s Young Professional Award: Shelly Crisler, CCE, Biomedical Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO

This award is presented annually to a professional, under the age of 40, who exhibits exemplary professional accomplishments and a commitment to the healthcare profession.

The Spirit of AAMI Award: Alan Lipschultz, CCE, PE, CSP, President of HealthCare Technology Consulting in North Bethesda, MD

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an AAMI member in volunteer efforts within the association.

AAMI encourages corporations to consider sponsoring an award. For more information, contact Allison Whitaker at +1-703-253-8296 or

Upcoming Events

Best Practices in Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will host a webinar on Best Practices in Immediate-Use Steam sterilization (IUSS) including surgical instruments cleaning, packaging, and process monitoring, as well as how to benchmark and restrict its application to emergency situations only. This webinar is designed to discuss not only the recommended field practices but also its relevance to optimizing patient care and safety. Hosted by Martha Young of Providing SAVVY Sterilization Solutions for Healthcare, the webinar will be held on August 19, 2014 from 1:00-2:30 PM ET.

To learn more about the webinar and how to register online, visit today.

2014 GBIS Technical Conference & Equipment Workshop

Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society (GBIS) invites all biomedical engineers and clinical technologists to participate in the upcoming 2014 Technical Conference and Equipment Workshop on August 15-16. Led by GBIS executive director Horace Hunter, this year’s conference features the theme "Same Great Team - Brand New Players." The event is set to offer educational programs, fundraisers, advanced medical device exhibits, and netwokring opportunities for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals and vendors.

To learn more about the annual GBIS Technical Conference, visit the organization’s website at

Webinar: Sampling Plan—Part 3 of 3: Acceptance Sampling Plans for Inspection by Attributes

AAMI will host the third part of its webinar series “Acceptance Sampling Plans for Inspection by Attributes” on July 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET that will focus on the standards stated by the Food and Drug Administration’s Quality System Regulation on the topic. This fast-paced educational webinar will cover key statistical techniques in applications like Process Validation and Receiving, In-Process, and Finished Device Acceptance together with some examples of the best practices in the industry.

Visit for online registration and complete details.

2014 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (MBECC)

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) invites all biomedical engineering students, undergraduates, graduate, post-doctorates and working professionals to attend the upcoming Midwest Biomedical Regional Career Conference (MBECC) on November 7 at the McGregor Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan. Hosted by Wayne State University College of Engineering, the conference will provide great networking opportunities and career information from practitioners in the academia, government agencies, law, medicine, and other industries. Registration opens on July 29, 2014.

For more information, visit today.

Webinar: Current Issues in Medical Device Risk Management—FDA and EU Issues

AAMI will host a webinar on Medical Device Risk Management on July 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET. The webinar is tailored to present a wealth of information that would highlight the value of underused risk analysis tools and compliance to FDA risk management standards for product submissions. Quality assurance and regulatory affairs personnel, design and process engineers, manufacturing and operations managers, and research and development teams are invited to participate to this webinar.

Please visit today for complete details.

Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization for Medical Devices Workshop

AAMI is inviting ethylene oxide sterilization specialists to attend an interactive 3 1/2-day workshop on September 8- 11, 2014 at The Westin Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This advanced workshop combines intensive lectures with real-life scenarios to demonstrate the concepts of ethylene oxide sterilization and allow participants to apply what they learn to actual medical devices sterilization situations.

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AAMI/FDA Summit on Ventilator Technology

AAMI and the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be conducting a summit on ventilator technology on September 16-17, in Herndon, Virginia. This interactive event is aimed to gather leaders from the medical device industry and regulatory bodies in discussing the issues and develop plans toward optimizing the safety and effectiveness of ventilation technology in various critical healthcare settings.

More information on this AAMI summit could be found at

AAMI Integrating Risk Management into the Quality System Seminar

This intensive 2½-day course on risk management practices and principles will offer medical device manufacturers a comprehensive overview on how to integrate risk management concepts to the quality system and lifecycle of a product, throughout the design, manufacturing, and post-production. All key personnel working in quality assurance, regulatory affairs, design engineering, manufacturing and operations, as well as product research and development invited to participate in this interactive course packed with educational exercises and practical examples for risk management and evaluation. The course program will be held on September 17-19, at The Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia.

For more information, please visit .

Past Events:

AAMI 2014 Conference & Expo

Last months’s AAMI Conference and Expo held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania highlighted a lineup of exciting activities along with important updates and news including showing the best “selfies” contest to attendees and listening to memorable speeches. George Mills, director of engineering at The Joint Commission (TJC), also talked about the shared relocatable power tap (RPT) and shared the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) insight on its application.

To read more about the 2014 Conference and Expo, visit .

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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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