Expect changes in both substance and style as AAMI launches the AAMI Exchange, June 7-10 in Cleveland, Ohio. The education program at the Exchange, which is the name for the reimagined AAMI Annual Conference & Expo, reflects the association’s commitment to connecting all its stakeholders, including biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers, cybersecurity and sterilization experts, hospital administrators and managers, and the industry’s leading service and solution providers.
“The 2019 education program will deliver an immersive and interactive learning environment for professionals in a variety of health technology-related fields at all experience levels,” said Sherrie Schulte, CAE, AAMI’s senior director of certification and meetings. “We received more proposals than ever before, so the Program Committee was able to create a schedule of sessions that not only reflects the diversity of our community but also provides the cutting-edge solutions and forward-thinking insights attendees need to meet the challenges they encounter on a daily basis and those they will face in the future.”
The approximately 90 sessions on the schedule will be divided into education tracks that include healthcare technology management (HTM), cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, professional development, data analytics, sterilization and reprocessing, global perspectives, and meeting regulatory/accreditation requirements.
Here is just a taste of what is in store:
Securing Medical Devices in a Hospital Environment
The past decade has seen an intertwined evolution of medical device security threats, regulatory and customer requirements, and industry-leading practices. This session will explore key trends and detail a programmatic approach that healthcare delivery organizations can take to secure connected medical devices and reduce risks to both patient safety and information security.
Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Modeling, and HTM
Data analytics, artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, and predictive modeling are major buzzwords in healthcare. This session will explore uses for predictive modeling, including how HTM and clinical engineering departments can predict device breakdown and intervene before patient care is disrupted.
Big Data Insights on Capital Equipment from 500 Million Work Orders
With connected devices and modern maintenance tracking software, the amount of valuable asset data is increasing rapidly. This session will help professionals with purchasing power make better decisions on capital equipment. Tools available to HTM professionals will be examined, helping attendees choose the best equipment and maintenance programs and make critical replace-or-repair decisions with confidence.
Device Integration Fundamentals and Troubleshooting Skills
This session will explore the fundamentals of device integration and describe how data flows from medical devices into the electronic health record, including an explanation of how middleware software or monitoring gateways use HL7 messages in that process.
For a complete list of education sessions, visit www.aami.org/AAMIExchange. Register by March 20 and save!
With the rapid pace of change for technology both inside and outside hospital walls, there is more pressure than ever on healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals to learn new skills and adapt to the evolving environment. To stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the convergence of information technology (IT) and HTM, AAMI has launched a free webinar program that will run throughout 2019. The first webinars in this series include:
Developing an HTM Specific Cybersecurity Framework, Part 2: Feb. 5, 2-3 p.m. ET; Part 3: April 16, 2-3 p.m. ET
Many HTM professionals are unfamiliar with the framework necessary to incorporate good security practices into their service operations. Mayo Clinic has begun to bridge this divide by standing up an HTM Cybersecurity Team focused solely on developing a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-based cybersecurity program. This three-part series will provide insight into the Mayo Clinic’s approach and explore how to develop an HTM cybersecurity program.
Bluetooth in the Healthcare Setting, Feb. 19, 2-3 p.m. ET
Bluetooth wireless technology is widely used in hospitals, from IT platforms to implanted medical devices. Bluetooth-enabled technology also is brought into hospitals in the form of smartphones, headsets, and gaming devices. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the technology and key features of interest for HTM professionals.
Using LinkedIn to Market Yourself and Your Organization, March 13, 2-3 p.m. ET
The world of LinkedIn can be confusing and daunting. This webinar will provide tips and tricks to better use LinkedIn to market yourself and/or your organization to the professional world.
All webinars are approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) by the AAMI Credentials Institute with the exception of the LinkedIn webinar, which is worth 0.5 CEUs. More webinars will be scheduled throughout the year.
For more information and to register, visit www.aami.org/events.
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