Biomed News - November 2013

November 01, 2013

Experts Focus on Reducing Computer Viruses in Health Networks

Computer viruses and other malware pose real threats to hospital networks and medical devices.  Engineering researchers from the University of Michigan who are part of the national team will be working to improve cyber security within the country’s health systems.

Associate Professor Kevin Fu and Research Associate Professor Michael Bailey, both working in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Michigan, are part of the five-year Trustworthy Health and Wellness project with a $10 million funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The researchers will create methods in the scientific study of the extent of malware in hospital networks.  “Malicious software or malware can interrupt the function of medical devices, affecting the quality of patient care. By increasing the quality of the science, we seek to create more meaningful discussions about risks and benefits of adapting hospital networks to the threat of malware,” Said Fu.

Experts will be working on establishing better authentication and privacy tools, reliable and trustworthy control of medical devices and effective means to detect malware, and address all relevant issues to create more efficient, trustworthy and reliable health systems for patients.

The team includes experts with backgrounds in business, behavioral health, healthcare information technology, health policy and computer science.  Along with the experts from University of Michigan, researchers from Dartmouth, The University of Illinois and John Hopkins University will also be participating.


AAMI Course on Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice

AAMI offers an intensive 2½ day course covering the practical application of the design control requirements of Quality System regulation of medical devices. The program has been revised to include more hands-on exercises, more "how-to" information on implementation of design control requirements, increased focus on life cycle aspects of risk management and human factors, and more up-to-date industry examples. This event is to be held on November 4-6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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AAMI to hold a Workshop on Process Validation Requirements and Industry Practice

AAMI invites you to the Process Validation Requirements and Industry Practice Workshop on November 4-6, 2013 at Las Vegas, Nevada. This 2 1/2 day course provides attendees with practical tools and techniques for process validation requirements for FDA’s Quality System Regulation and recognized Process Validation Guidance from the Global Harmonization Task Force. The program includes industry best practices and real life process validation examples.

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AAMI Webinar on Measurement System Analysis: Part I: Variable Measurements

AAMI invites you to watch the first part of their webinar on Measurement System Analysis on November 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Eastern Time. This webinar will provide a working knowledge of Measurement System Analysis (MSA), also known as Gauge R&R (GR&R) and Test Method Validation (TMV).


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AAMI to Broadcast Webinar: Customer Service Skills for HTM Professionals Part VI: Writing Clearly and Concisely


AAMI will hold Part VI of their webinar on Customer Service Skills for HTM Professionals on Writing Clearly and concisely this coming November 15, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time. This new webinar series from AAMI is designed to help healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals improve their customer service skills and raise their service delivery from good or average to excellent or outstanding. Part VI of the series will cover writing skills.  People who have no problem communicating clearly when they speak sometimes struggle to make themselves understood when they write. Instruction is targeted to biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, biomedical engineers, asset managers, hospital IT specialists, and other healthcare technology management professionals.

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National Radiologic Technology Week

The National Radiologic Technology week will be held on November 3-9, 2013. This is annual event recognizing the work of R.T.s all over the nation, to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. This year’s theme is "R.T.s: Positioning Ourselves for Excellence."

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ASN to hold Kidney Week 2013

Kidney Week 2013 will be held in Atlanta, GA by the American Society of Nephrology on November 5-10, 2013.

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Oregon Biomed Association 2013 Statewide Conference and Exhibitor Expo

The Oregon Biomed Association will be holding a statewide conference and exhibitor expo on November 8, 2013 at Wilsonville, OR.

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World Usability Day

The World Usability Day will be held on November 14, 2013. The event’s goal is to create a stronger awareness within the medical community on the importance of user-centered design in healthcare in the following fields: medical devices, drug research, patient forms or medical record sharing and many more.

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AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium

The AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium will be held on November 16- 20, 2013 in Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. The focus will be on biomedical and health informatics research and practice. This symposium aims to develop and use information to improve healthcare, in biomedical research across the continuum from molecules to populations, and to empower practitioners and the public in their endeavor for better healthcare.  Work from different aspects of the informatics field will be presented: transitional bioinformatics, clinical informatics and more.

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DOD/VA mHealth Conference: Supporting the Future of Mobile Healthcare

It’s all about healthcare efficiency—on November 18-20, 2013, DoD/VA mHealth will be holding a conference addressing issues on mobile healthcare at the Waterview Conference Center, Arlington, Virginia. DoD, VA and industry professionals from the information technology, medical, regulation and policy making fields can expect to learn and share insights on advancing mobility, and to identify the future of mHealth for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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Fifth Annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference & Exhibition

The Fifth Annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference & Exhibition will focus on the integration of medical devices and information systems.  The conference will offer groundbreaking perspectives and practical solutions, addressing critical issues of healthcare providers and medical device companies. There will be detailed presentations on the key challenges in medical device connectivity, and updates on the impact of government regulation on the marketplace. Medical professionals, consultants and government officials, academics and members of the financial community are invited to attend on November 21-22, 2013 at Herndon, VA Center for Business Innovation and AAMI.

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MD Expo Fall 2013

This event held on October 15-18 in Nashville, TN showcased the latest products and technology in the medical field. The most influential decision-makers—professionals who manage, purchase and support medical equipment parts and services came to the event. It provided the perfect venue for medical practitioners and professionals to maximize networking and educational opportunities.

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Annual OR Excellence Conference

The Annual OR Excellence Conference was held on October 23-25, 2013 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was sponsored by Outpatient Surgery Magazine. Surgical facility leaders learned new skills and were able to connect with colleagues in the industry .

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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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