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HTF Board Members Participate at MD Expo
(5/23/2017)
The MD Expo took place on April 9-11, 2017 in Irvine, California and was filled with a great diversity of educational sessions and the exhibits for the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) community.

Izabella Gieras, chair of the Alarms Workgroup for the Healthcare Technology Foundation presented on "Alarm Management Strategies – The Journey to Support TJC NPSG and Beyond." The session focused on clinical alarms and how it continues to be a high priority within HTM. Clinical alarms have made the top list of the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Health Technology Hazards" for several years now, making it one of the most researched and worked on initiative in hospitals. Izabella addressed the long journey in clinical alarms in healthcare, reviewed specific case studies, undertakings from various professional organizations as well as shared resources and tools to support the ongoing NPSG from TJC.

Izabella also co-presented with Jennifer Jackson on "Women in Engineering". The field of engineering has traditionally been dominated by men. Over the past 20 years, we started to see more women enter the field, especially in the Healthcare Technology Management arena. The presenters provided a historical overview of women in engineering, shared their own experiences in the field as well as well as highlighted other successful women in the field and their contributions.

Tobey Clark led two sessions as well:

BMET Education and Internships for Career Changers
The Technical Services Partnership at the University of Vermont has been offering biomed work experiences to students for over 40 years. Today, a full online course sequence is available to train those with a technical or clinical background in biomedical technology. This sequence, combined with a new formal internship framework and a developing apprentice program, has molded career changers into productive BMET staff. The opportunities, process education and mentoring to develop BMET staff from diverse backgrounds were presented in an interactive session.

Comparing Compliance Requirements: TJC, DNV, HFAP
Significant changes have taken place in the CMS regulatory requirements for medical equipment over the past five years. Contracted accreditation programs such as TJC, DNV and HFAP have adopted these requirements. Although the base regulatory requirements have to be implemented, each accreditation agency approaches medical equipment management differently. For example, DNV is based on ISO 9000 and has a strong emphasis on test equipment calibration and measures to take if test equipment was found out of calibration. This course covered the CMS regulations and provided crosswalks between the varying accreditations agencies. Measures to meet the guidelines of CMS and the accreditation groups were presented in an interactive discussion.

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