New Biomedical Electronics Program
College Seeking Donated Medical Equipment
New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island is seeking used medical equipment and biomedical test equipment to start a new biomedical electronics program this fall. We are seeking devices such as patient monitors, vital sign monitors, defibrillators, electrosurgical units, etc for the students to learn on. Also, seeking biomedical test equipment. NEIT is a non-profit college and a donation letter can be supplied.
If your facility has any surplus equipment that they are willing to donate to the college, please contact Tom Citak (401) 456-3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAMI: IT Integration, and Promoting the Profession
IT Integration — AAMI has joined forces with ACCE and HIMSS to develop guidance on IT integration issues. To read more about the project, click here.
Manny Roman — Missed the profile of DITEC's Manny Roman published in AAMI News? If so, here it is. Feel free to republish this profile in your publication or on your website. Please note that this article was "Reprinted with permission from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), www.aami.org."
Welcome — A special welcome to local biomedical associations that have recently joined or rejoined AAMI. They include the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society, the Virginia Biomedical Association, the North Texas Biomedical Association, and the Biomedical Associations of Wisconsin. If your association is interested in joining AAMI, see details below.
Interested? — Local, state, and regional biomedical associations can join AAMI for $100 a year. As an AAMI member, your association would receive special society benefits plus you can name 3 individuals from your association to receive full AAMI member benefits. Some associations give these memberships to their leaders, while others give these memberships as door prizes or scholarships. To join AAMI as a society member, simply submit this Biomedical Society Membership Application.
Just Released — AAMI has just released a new CD collection that includes nearly 200 clinical engineering articles published by AAMI. It covers topics such as equipment replacement planning, benchmarking, educating clinical personnel, call centers, Joint Commission issues, electromagnetic compatibility, etc. For more information, click here.
Promoting the Profession — Congratulations to TMC Member Ken Maddock, who authored an article in the latest edition of Nurse Leader magazine. The article, entitled "Getting the Most out of Your Clinical Engineering Department," is part of the TMC's efforts to educate and promote the field to others. To view a summary or the complete article, click here.
AAMI's Clinical Engineering Collection
AAMI has just released a major revision of its popular Clinical Engineering Collection, which includes significant updates and new additions.
The Clinical Engineering Collection is an extensive compilation of AAMI's best-selling resources for clinical engineers, biomedical equipment technicians, and other medical technology professionals. The new 2008 edition now includes the:
- Electrical Safety Manual, 2008 edition
- The Fundamental Collection, 2007 edition
- IT World Reference CD: A Biomed's Guide
- The CE Management Guide: Lessons from the Field, and
- AAMI's 2008 Employment Survey
In addition, the new Clinical Engineering Collection also includes all eight editions of AAMI's Horizons publication; as well as several other popular AAMI resources noted at the link below.
This CD is quick and easy to use thanks to convenient, high-powered search and find functions. The introductory rate for the Clinical Engineering Collection is $595 (AAMI members: $425.)
For a complete list of CD contents, click here. To order your CD, visit http://marketplace.aami.org, or call 877-249-8226. The order code is CEC and the source code is PBFE.
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Medical Charitable Missions to Developing Countries
earthMed, a medical charitable non-profit founded and directed by local Philadelphia area biomed Lou Schonder, welcomes biomeds interested in volunteering either domestically or overseas to improve the delivery of healthcare in developing countries.
earthMed also welcomes potential medical device donations and medical supply donations.
Lou Schonder served as PAMIA President in 1993-94, and has served on the PAMIA Board in various capacities since 1991.
Contact Lou Schonder of earthMed at +1 (646) 508-0096 or lschonder@earthMed.org
For more information about earthMed: http://www.earthMed.org
earthMed Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/earthMed
AAMI: What’s On Your Mind?
Do you have an idea for improving efficiency in your department? An untested way of doing things that you think just might work? What about a rant you want to get off your chest?
You can get your ideas in front of 14,000 medical technology professionals! Consider writing a “Final Word” editorial for Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, the journal of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
For more information, please contact Ed Snyder at Ed.Snyder@jeffersonhospital.org or 215-503-3264.
Associations Team Up to
Advance Clinical Engineering
and IT Integration
Plymouth Meeting PA, Arlington VA, Chicago IL — Three national associations have joined forces to develop guidance documents, share best practices, and promote an understanding of the issues surrounding the ongoing integration of information technology (IT) and clinical engineering.
Leaders of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have signed an agreement to develop a joint Clinical Engineering/IT (CEIT) community, thus pooling their expertise and knowledge and avoiding the duplication of efforts under way.
The agreement is intended to help improve patient care and safety and to boost the quality and cost-effectiveness of customer service. The agreement also seeks to:
Foster further development of a united voice for IT and clinical engineering concerns, and provide a forum for its expression.
Provide a mechanism for developing resources, guidelines, and best practices for the CEIT community, and provide education, research, certification, public policy, terminology, mentoring, advocacy, networking, and career services.
Explore appropriate collaboration of clinical engineering/IT functions.
Develop a framework for representing the interests of clinical engineering and IT departments to the broader healthcare community.
“For the first time, we have a written agreement that addresses collaboration on many of the issues clinical engineers and IT professionals have been attempting to iron out,” says Bob Stiefel, the chair of AAMI’s Board of Directors and clinical engineering director at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Stiefel is also a member of AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC), which represents technology managers from hospitals, biomedical societies, and industry. The TMC recently launched a new project designed to assess the current status of technology management within healthcare facilities and explore the field’s future challenges and opportunities.
Stephen Grimes , president of ACCE, agrees. “Our members and leadership recognize that CE-IT convergence and collaboration is of critical importance to the industry and its ability to deliver quality patient care. They believe this agreement provides a solid foundation on which we can work together to build a framework of programs and resources to address the challenges of convergence.”
According to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics with HIMSS, “as patient care devices take advantage of ‘smart’ technology and become more interoperable, IT experts and clinicians must work together to ensure that workflow issues are addressed. Together, we can define a vision of the future in healthcare delivery.”
For more information about this effort, contact Steve Grimes at Stephen.email@example.com
Related links: AAMI: www.aami.org | HIMSS: www.himss.org | ACCE: www.accenet.org