Biomed News - September 2013

September 01, 2013

Demand for Biomedical Equipment Technicians Increases

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for biomedical equipment technicians is set to increase at a faster pace than the average for other occupations with a growth rate of 31% between 2010 and 2020.

PeriCALM Perinatal SolutionGabriella Cs-Szabo, Ph.D., associate dean for the graduate college at Rush University in Chicago says that she sees demand for high-level biomed techs remaining strong because corporate and academic institutions will continue to need better-trained, more flexible management-level workers to handle the advancements in health care. She also mentions that Master’s level students develop flexibility by learning to work with many different types of medical devices, rather than a select few pieces of equipment, and these professionals can train others in proper device use.

"Technology is expanding rapidly, and specialists who are well-trained and flexible with their knowledge will get the jobs,” said Cs-Szabo. “These people will be on the cutting edge not only in using up-and-coming technology, but also in helping research and test it. They can also get job developing this new technology, as well as selling it.”


Oregon Biomed Association –OBA- Announces First Expo this Fall

On July 11, 2013 the OBA met to discuss their first conference and exhibitor expo for this fall. The meeting which lasted over an hour, ended with the formation of committee members responsible for various conference assignments. Russell Magoon, OBA President, Legacy Heath said, “we are excited about getting Oregon’s healthcare technician professionals together for a full day of education and networking. The conference will include an exhibitor expo where industry businesses can display their latest products and services,” said Magoon.

The conference will be held Friday, November 8th in Portland, Oregon. A location will be announced next month. Everyone including students having interest in the medical instrumentation field is invited t attend.

Instructional classes, conferences and exhibitors will be available.

The Oregon Biomedical Association (OBA) is the regional membership society of Biomedical Engineering professionals within the Oregon and SW Washington area.


For more information on the conference contact; Russell Magoon, Legacy Health Services rmagoon@lhs.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Exhibitors interested in the exhibitor expo contact; Paul Conrad at Ultra Solutions;   pconrad@ultrasolutions.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1-909-628-1778

AAMI to Hold Several Industry Courses

AAMI is set to hold courses on the following topics throughout the month: Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice, Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization for Medical Devices Workshop, Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice, and Safety Assurance Cases for Medical Devices.

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AZMIA to Host Its 4th Annual Vendor Fair

The Arizona Medical Instrumentation Association (AZMIA) will be holding its 4th Annual Vendor Fair on September 25 at Climatec in Phoenix, AZ. The education blocks will run from 11:00AM – 2:00PM, followed by the vendor fair at 2:00PM-4:00PM. Appetizers and drinks will be served at 4:00PM-6:00PM.

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AAHE to Hold Its 16th Annual Golf Tournament

The Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineering (AAHE) will be holding its 16th Annual Golf Tournament on September 20 at The Country Club of Arkansas. The event will feature a special guest appearance by Christina Lecuyer, Golf instructor and competitor on The Golf Channel’s Big Break.

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BMETS to Hold Its September Kick Off Meeting

The Baltimore Medical Engineers & Technicians Society will hold its September kick off meeting on September 24, 2013.

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BAW to Host Conference and Vendor Show

The Biomedical Associations of Wisconsin (BAW) will hold its 30th Annual Biomedical Associations of Wisconsin Conference and Vendor Show. The conference will be from September 9-13. The Vendor Show will be held Thursday, September 12 from 3:00-6:00PM.

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BMES to Hold Annual Meeting

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will hold its 2013 BMES Annual Meeting from September 25-28 at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Gateway Biomedical Society to Hold Meeting

The Gateway Biomedical Society will be having its next meeting on September 19, 2013. The presentor will be Jim Welch, VP Quality Systems, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Affairs.

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ICIS to Facilitate CBET and CRES Study Group

The Intermountain Clinical Instrumentation Society (ICIS) will be facilitating a CBET and CRES study group from September 12 until October 31. Registrants will receive instruction, materials and study group discussions weekly for eight weeks.

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HTMA-MW to Hold Its September Meeting and CABMET Educational Courses

The Healthcare Technology Management Association of the Mid-West (HTMA-MW)will be holding its September meeting at the University of Kansas Reike Auditorium on September 10. The meeting will start at 5:30PM and will end at 8:00PM.

The association will also be holding its first 3 CABMET sessions from September 10 to September 26 at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

For registration and more information on the meeting, for more information on the CABMET schedules and topic coverage for each session, visit

NEHES to Host 2013 Fall Conference

The New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES)will hold its Fall Conference at The Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME. The conference will run from September 29 until October 2. Keynote speakers for the event will be sharing their experiences related to the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing of this year.

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NESCE to Hold Medical Device Networking Symposium

The New England Society of Clinical Engineering (NESCE) will be preseting a 3-day Symposium on Medical Device Networking. The program will take place on September 9-11. Registration for this event is now closed.

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NMBIO to Host Best Practices in Human Pharmacokinetic Prediction

The New Mexico Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (NMBIO) will be holding an educational session on the latest human pharmacokinetic prediction tools, as well as an introduction to ADME Workbench. Conrad Housand, Director and Sr. Scientist at Aegis Technologies group will be the presenter for the event.

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NCBA to Host 35th Annual Symposium

The North Carolina Biomedical Association (NCBA) will be holding its annual symposium on September 3-6. The event will include various classes that cover topics on Admin/Management, Advanced Biomed, General Biomed, Imaging, Information Technology, and Safety & Regulatory discussions.

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NCBA to Hold 2013 Conference

The North Central Biomedical Association will be holding its annual conference on September 11-13 at the Arrowwood Resort Alexandria, MN. The event will include classes and a vendor show.

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VBA to Celebrate 20th Annual Meeting

The Virginia Biomedical Association (VBA) will be hosting its 20th annual meeting at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump on September 18-20. A series of classes, vendor discussions and a round table discussion by AAMI are just some of the things in store for its participants.

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ASATT Holds Education Conference

The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) held its Education Conference from August 8-10, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Topics discussed at the conference included Massive Transfusion Protocol, Trauma: Current Issues in Anesthesia, Neurosurgery & Anesthetic Plan during Awake Craniotomy, Standardized Anesthesia Technology Education, Non-Invasive Monitoring in the Anesthesia Setting: An Overview, Autotransfusion during Massive Transfusion and Trauma, Testing, Accreditation & the Technologist Profession, Maximizing Patient Outcomes During Major Orthopedic Procedures: A Team Model, Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Anaphylaxis, Ventricular Assist Devices, Perioperative Goal Directed Therapy, and Perioperative Fluid Management.

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CMIA Holds Chapter Meeting

The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) held its OC chapter meeting last August 21 at Spoons Grill and Bar in Santa Ana. The program for the evening included a presentation by Julio Castro on the fundamentals of testing infusion pumps along with the history of the ambulatory infusion pumps and some of the many hazards and safety mechanism failures within the industry.

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CEAI Holds 4th Annual Conference and Vendor Fair

The Clinical Engineering Association of Illinois (CEAI) hosted its 2013 CEAI Conference and Vendor Fair at the Chicago Marriot Oakbrook last August 22 and 23. The event featured speakers Nicole Austin and her presentation on Global Charity Organization, Steve Kreiser and his presentation on “Healthcare Performance Improvement”, and George Mills on his presentation on “The Join Commission”.

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CABMET Holds Annual Symposium

The Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET) held its annual Symposium from August 16 & 17 at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The event featured Keynote speaker Dr. Yadin David who talked about “The BMET role in keeping Networking, Integration and Alarms Management Safety”.

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GBIS Holds Technical Conference

The Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society (GBIS) hosted thier Technical Conference last August 16 & 17 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. The event program included educational sessions on various topics, networking and personal-development opportunities for its participants. Vendors also displayed the latest in medical equipment technology.

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NEHES Holds Twin State Seminar

The New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) held its Twin State Seminar at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center last August 16.

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NMBIO Holds Panel Discussion

The New Mexico Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (NMBIO) presented a panel discussion on the topic of “Internship Strategies to Boost Your Productivity”. The association invited a panel of business leaders to share their experiences in developing and managing internship programs. It also introduced the New Mexico students who won NMBio scholarships and New Mexico BioGENEius awards.

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OAHE Holds 2013 Summer Meeting

The Oklahoma Association of Healthcare Engineers (OAHE) held its summer meeting last August 9 at York Electronic Systems. The meeting included an educational session on fire stop systems by Hilti followed by a tour of their hot lab.

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