AAMI Launches Free Healthcare Technology Podcasts

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is launching a series of free podcasts that will feature lively and informative interviews with leaders and experts in healthcare technology.

The kick-off podcast, produced by Healthcare Tech Talk, features an interview with AAMI president Mary Logan, who discusses the benefits of this resource for both members and those interested in the safe and effective delivery of care.

“We have great publications; we have great educational sessions; and we have great content,” says Logan. “However, people are different in terms of how they want to receive information. We really didn’t feel as if we were maximizing all of the opportunities that we have to disseminate content on subjects people are passionate about. These podcasts are yet another way to help our audience learn more about pressing healthcare technology safety issues that have a direct impact on them.”

During the podcast, Logan also provides a preview of this month’s AAMI/FDA Summit on Ventilator Technology, which is scheduled for Sept. 16-17 in Herndon, Va. “Experts are going to challenge the audience to think deeply about these issues with ventilators. They will focus on one aspect of the issue that they know really well,” says Logan.

The topic, which is of interest to healthcare technology management professionals, clinicians and home healthcare providers, will be the focus of the next podcast, scheduled for release next week. That podcast will feature Stuart McGrane, an intensivist, anesthesiologist, and simulation educator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who has interest in critical care technology, Brian Gross, a fellow scientist and clinical systems architect in the patient care and monitoring solutions business group at Philips Healthcare, and Ronda Bradley, an independent clinical respiratory therapist consultant with Spiritus Consultants, LLC.

A final topic Logan discusses is the dangers of tubing misconnections and the Joint Commission’s recent Sentinel Event Alert highlighting the changes coming to the design of small-bore connectors. This important safety topic will be the topic of a future AAMI podcast.

AAMI’s partner in the podcast series is Healthcare Tech Talk, a show hosted by healthcare veterans Terry Baker and Kelley Hill. The podcasts reflect a commitment by AAMI to offer its members and others in the healthcare technology community new and creative ways to stay engaged and informed about trends and topics that affect their jobs and professional interests.

A number of other podcasts are in the works, including an interview with Peter Pronovost, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital, a nationally recognized champion of patient safety, and an in-depth discussion of the broad effort to tackle the challenge of tubing misconnections.

All AAMI podcasts will be available on a new page on the AAMI website. Additionally, the podcasts can be accessed through three major podcast distributors: iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher.

This first podcast is sponsored by Healthmark Industries, which develops and markets solutions to aid healthcare facilities in their delivery of surgical instruments and other lifesaving medical devices to patients. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for AAMI podcasts, contact Jane Richardson at jrichardson@aami.org.

Source: AAMI