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  • 10 Oct 2017 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jointly provided by AAMI Foundation and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine

    AAMI Foundation Annual Forum

    November 18 and 19, 2017

    Sheraton Hotel and Marina

    1380 Harbor Island Drive

    San Diego, CA 92101

    We're addressing the biggest patient safety challenges, and you're invited to join us! 

    Learn how to save patients from “failure to rescue’ events”

    Decrease the number of non-actionable clinical alarms

    Address key challenges to improving infusion therapy safety

    Join the AAMI Foundation, its joint sponsor, the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine,

    and its collaborating partners

    Register Now to Reserve Your Seat and to Make Your Hotel Reservations!

    (Room-block rates available until October 27th

    Day One Topics

    Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids

    Improving the Management of Clinical Alarms

    Day Two Topic

    Infusion Therapy Safety

    Target audiences

    This activity is intended for professionals engage in:  pain management; alarm management; and infusion therapy -- nurses, pharmacists, physicians, clinical nurse specialists, and hospital senior leaders; biomedical and clinical engineers, academics, and regulators.

    For more information about the faculty and the presentation topics, please see the agenda www.aami.org/thefoundation

    The cost is $50 to attend one day or $70 to attend both days.  

    Educational Objectives

    After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

    Identify the rationale behind continuous respiratory monitoring with patients receiving opioids in the hospital setting.

    Discuss one new lesson-learned/competency related to implementing continuous electronic monitoring for patients on opioid pain management

    Describe the implementation process for at least two different alarm management projects that address minimizing alarm fatigue

    Discuss lessons learned/new competencies in relation to the infusion management processes related to preventing medication errors

    Continuing Nursing Education

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    This educational activity for 11.1 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses to be determined. 

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13485, for 11.1 contact hours.

    Continuing Respiratory Therapy Education

    The American Association of Respiratory Care is providing 5.50 CRCE (patient safety-specific) with approval #149409000 for the sessions on November 18th.

    Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (required for live meetings only)

    éEvent staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Marilyn Flack prior to the live event at (703) 647-2770.

  • 28 Sep 2017 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that Al Flannigan of Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN is the winner of the $500 NCBA scholarship essay contest!

    Students, keep an eye out for next year's scholarship opportunity.

  • 11 May 2017 6:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vickie Snyder, a Cottage Grove, MN-based consultant for the Veterans Health Administration SOARD project, has been selected to receive The Spirit of AAMI Award during the association’s 2017 Conference & Expo. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an AAMI member in volunteer efforts within the association.

    Snyder was selected in recognition of her years of dedication as an AAMI volunteer and her tireless encouragement of young HTM professionals. She was one of the founding members of AAMI’s Technology Management Committee. Additionally, she served on the AAMI Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014 and the AAMI Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2001 to 2015. Snyder is a vocal advocate for the benefits of connecting with colleagues through local HTM associations and through participation in AAMI, inspiring those she works with to get involved and further their careers.

    “It is such an honor for me to be recognized for the work and passion I have for HTM,” Snyder said. “For those who have worked with me, they know I feel very strongly that as an HTM professional we should share and promote the HTM industry by volunteering. Volunteering gives us the opportunity to learn about ourselves, to learn about those around us, and to build new relationships. It’s been easy to sustain that interest over the last 31 years.”

    For more information, click here.

  • 04 Apr 2017 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Healthcare Technology Week is May 21 - 27!

    Come celebrate HTM week with the NCBA at the Grumpy's Bar and Grill Skybox in Roseville, MN on May 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We'll be providing food and vendor showcases, and a cash bar will be available.

    Grumpy's Bar and Grill

    2801 Snelling Ave

    Roseville, MN 55113

  • 01 Dec 2016 7:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NCBA has a great focus piece in the January 2016 edition of 24x7. You can read it on page 44 at the following link:


    The 24x7 magazine has lots of great articles and information on everything HTM related, you can find them at http://www.24x7mag.com/

  • 02 Nov 2016 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our friend Kurt Krenz is a 45 year old Biomedical Equipment Technician at Essentia Health in Virginia, MN. 

    After a series of Emergency Room visits and Hospital stays, Kurt was diagnosed with two brain tumors which are grade 4 Glioblastoma in addition to another brain tumor which is grade 1. Kurt, for the first time, is in a position to need financial help.  He has never been one to ask for a hand out or help in any way, and he wants to say "Thank You!" in advance to those willing and able to contribute to his ongoing battle.

    Read more about Kurt and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/2b94ub2c

  • 17 Aug 2016 5:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 27 and 28

    See the details on the AAMI site here.

    "Seeking to highlight solutions to some of the more intractable and complex challenges in modern healthcare, the AAMI Foundation is hosting a two-day meeting in Chicago next month that will bring together doctors, nurses, patient safety advocates, and healthcare technology experts who will share their experiences and insights.

    During the Sept. 27-28 regional meeting, 18 leading healthcare delivery organizations involved in three of the AAMI Foundation’s patient safety initiatives―the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy SafetyNational Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids, and National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety―will demonstrate how they are making changes in these areas and saving lives."

  • 17 May 2016 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From AAMI's Joint Commission Discussion Group:

    April 25, 2016

    The FDA announced that it is extending the comment period for the document Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

    The comment period, which was originally scheduled to end May 3, will now close June 3 “due to the unanticipated high level of interest from interested persons,” according to a notice posted today in the Federal Register.

    According to the agency, it received a number of requests for a 30-day extension by stakeholders.

    “Each request conveyed concern that the current 60-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to develop [a] meaningful or thoughtful response to the document,” the FDA wrote. “The agency believes that a 30-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying future workshop on these important issues.”

    The FDA announced on March 4 that it was gathering information from original equipment manufacturers, third-party companies, and the healthcare community about the service of medical devices. It asked stakeholders to provide information in response to seven specific questions and input on six definitions.

    AAMI has encouraged all stakeholders to take time to understand the issues presented in the FDA’s document and prepare informative comments.

    “This is an incredible opportunity for everyone involved in healthcare technology to educate the FDA because their ears are open,” said AAMI President Mary Logan. “I would encourage companies and healthcare organizations to submit comments that not only offer their perspective but also evidence to support those perspectives.”

    To help individuals talk with their colleagues and supervisors about the importance of responding to the FDA’s request, AAMI has prepared a list of talking points. The association has also developed some “food for thought” guidance to consider when answering each of the agency’s questions. Both of these are available as a PDF at www.aami.org/AAMI_FDA_Talking_Points.

    Comments can be submitted to the FDA by mail or electronically through www.regulations.gov.

    Article on AAMI website  

    Patrick Bernat
    Director Healthcare Technology Management
    Arlington VA
    (703) 525-4890

  • 13 Mar 2015 2:21 PM | Scott Bosch

    Hi everyone, someone contacted us recently and wanted to know the minimum years of experience to be a tech 1, 2, 3...I replied with my organization's requirements (listed below) - I'll give you the opportunity to share yours in the comments section.

    Also share your thoughts - what else qualifies someone to be a senior technician? IT skills? Business sense? Specialty training? Thanks, Scott

    Tech 1 – 0-2 years experience

    Tech 2 – 2-5 years experience

    Tech 3 – 5+ years

    Tech specialist – 7+ years, 3 of them as a tech 3, certification required

  • 14 Nov 2014 2:08 PM | Scott Bosch


    We're all familiar with CMMS systems, especially the one we use everyday! Summit Imaging is currently developing an asset management cloud platform and is seeking industry partners to help devlop the platform for use in our industry. if you are insterested in seeing the applcation suite and would like to consider participating, let us know by leaving a comment on this blog post! Lawrence at Summit would like to know who's interested - after that, we could schedule a webinar to get a first look and/or hold a special session/NCBA meeting to form a workgroup and gives our insights and analysis.

    Again, leave a comment below to let us know if you'd like to participate. No committment, we just want to know if we can help Lawrence and Summit Imaging with our input. Thanks, Scott - NCBA vice president 

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