An impressive lineup of healthcare technology experts and innovators, along with patient safety champions, standards volunteers, young professionals, and students received an AAMI award or scholarship at this year’s AAMI Conference & Expo.
“We are delighted to be able to recognize the outstanding achievements of each of these individuals,” said AAMI President Mary Logan. “We had some phenomenal nominees this year, and the winners reflect the depth of knowledge, commitment, and passion that exists within the healthcare technology community. Because of their contributions to the development, management, and use of healthcare technology, they have helped improve the lives of patients throughout the world.”
The 2016 AAMI Award winners are:
The AAMI Foundation scholarship winners are:
AAMI Describes Qualities It’s Looking for in Next President
AAMI is on the hunt for its next president and CEO and knows exactly what it’s looking for: a new leader who can help the association grow and thrive.
AAMI’s CEO Executive Search Committee and Korn Ferry, the global executive recruitment firm in charge of the project, have developed a detailed position description that outlines key responsibilities, year one success factors, and necessary professional experience and qualifications.
Some of these qualifications and experience include:
The full position description is available at www.aami.org/CEOposition. Applications and nominations are being accepted through the Korn Ferry website. The first round of interviews is scheduled to begin in August.
AAMI Foundation Provides Framework to Help Reduce Nonactionable Clinical Alarms
The AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety has published a framework that it believes will provide a “consistent roadmap” for hospitals trying to reduce the number of nonactionable alarms.
The framework, which was published in the May/June 2016 issue of BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology), AAMI’s peer-reviewed and award-winning journal, is based on the Capability Maturity Model developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and tailored to alarm management.
The framework comes at a time when health care delivery organizations are under mounting pressure to improve their alarm management practices. For example, at the start of this year, The Joint Commission began requiring hospitals to establish and implement policies and procedures for managing clinical alarms.
“Alarm fatigue is a challenging sociotechnical problem, and hospitals often do not know where to start in addressing this issue,” said James Welch, CCE, executive vice president of product development at Sotera Wireless and lead author of the BI&T paper. “The goal of the framework is to provide a consistent and repeatable methodology by which each hospital can gauge where it is in addressing alarm fatigue and thereby move closer to becoming a high-reliability organization.”
HTM professionals can play a crucial role in developing effective alarm management policies and practices, whether helping to export data from devices for reports, setting effective alarm configurations, helping clinicians understand the alarm functionality of devices, teaching them how to use the device software to customize alarms for individual patients, or sitting on their organization’s alarm management committee.
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