The AAMI Nominating Committee has selected two healthcare technology leaders to serve on the association’s board of directors. The committee also nominated three new executive board members for 2018, including a new chair-elect.
“The nominees are exceptional leaders in our industry, and we are pleased to have them join us in helping chart the strategic course of the organization,” said AAMI Board Chair Phil Cogdill, senior director of quality, sterilization and microbiology at Medtronic. “Our community is known for its leadership in advancing the safe use of health technology and I look forward to the fresh perspectives and valuable insight these new members will bring.”
Michael C. McNeil is a global product security and services officer at Philips Healthcare. He is a member of AAMI’s device security working group and chairs both AdvaMed’s and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance’s (MITA’s) cybersecurity working groups. McNeil also is a member of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) board.
“I want to become a board member to better unite some of the insights from other external initiatives I participate in with the practices from AAMI, specifically organizations like MITA, NH-ISAC and AdvaMed,” McNeil said. “I look forward to working with the other board members and staff to increase awareness of the vision and mission of the organization across a broader constituency in the health care domain and actively engaging in the execution of the strategic plan.”
Walter M. Rosebrough Jr., president and CEO of STERIS Corporation, has been an executive in the health care industry for more than 30 years. He has been an AAMI member since 2010 and serves as a board member of several other organizations, including AdvaMed, Health Insights and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I am honored that the nominating committee considered me for the position and am looking forward to collaborating with the other members of the board and the AAMI staff to continue the work that AAMI has done for many years,” Rosebrough said. “AAMI is a very important constituent in the infrastructure of our health care system. I believe it is important that those of us who are significant participants in health care give of our time to help AAMI be successful in its mission.”
Executive Board Nominations
Janet Prust, director of standards and global business development at 3M Healthcare, was selected as treasurer-secretary; Pierre Boisier, executive vice president and chief quality officer at Becton Dickinson & Company, was elevated to vice chair of industry; and Steven Yelton, professor of healthcare technology management for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, was nominated as chair-elect.
Yelton was excited and honored to be nominated during what he described as a “pivotal time within AAMI.”
“I am most looking forward to continuing to work with the wonderful AAMI staff and volunteers on projects that will continue to enhance our field. There are many initiatives at AAMI that are in process and planned that I’m looking forward to seeing come to completion,” Yelton said. “I look forward to being a part of this process and following in the footsteps of the outstanding board chairs who have mentored me.”
The official election of these individuals will occur at the association’s annual business meeting, which will be held during the AAMI 2018 Conference & Expo in Long Beach, California, June 1-4. Their terms will begin immediately thereafter.
More information about the conference can be found at www.aami.org/annualconference.
Biomedical Instrumentation Textbook Gets an Update
Students, recent grads or hardened veterans who want to brush up on their biomed basics have a new resource to learn the fundamentals of healthcare technology. AAMI is now offering an updated, second edition of the “Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation” textbook written by Barbara L. Christe, the program director of healthcare engineering technology management and an associate professor with the engineering technology department at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
The book provides accessible information to those looking to develop a career as a biomedical equipment technician.
“This fully updated second edition provides readers with all they need to understand the use of medical technology in patient care,” Christe said. “It is designed for readers with a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology as well as electronic concepts.”
The update – the first since 2009 – incorporates the most recent changes in health care, regulations, standards and technology, and includes new sections on device testing and the interface of medical devices with electronic medical records.
This book and other HTM resources are available in the AAMI Store, www.aami.org/Store.
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