Posted on 06/10/2016

Recapping AAMI: HTM and Clean Data, Cybersecurity


Last week, the Accruent team headed to Tampa to attend the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) annual conference. Despite Tropical Storm Colin ending the conference a bit early on Tuesday, it was a great couple of days mingling with industry leaders and learning more about challenges that are facing the biomedical engineering industry in today’s healthcare environment.


Among those issues for healthcare technology management professionals are clean data and cybersecurity. Accruent’s Angela Spillane presented on the importance of clean data in her session, “How Dirty is Your Data? The Challenges of Maintaining a Medical Device Inventory and What You Can Do to Start Cleaning It Up.”


When it comes to maintaining a deep medical device inventory, without a focus on data quality, it can be challenging to have clean and accurate data in the system. After all, you can describe one single device’s function in more than 15 ways – and that doesn’t take into account the different manufacturers and naming conventions that they may use.


As a result, it’s important to not only think about the information that you gather, but rather what information you are gathering. If you don’t have a data quality standard in your hospital, it makes it impossible to turn your data into information and leverage it for analysis and benchmarking.


To mitigate these issues, more organizations are focusing on integrating data management strategies into their asset management plans. In doing so, increased accuracy can ensure that dirty data isn’t tarnishing your team’s efforts to lead a successful asset management program.


In addition, cybersecurity continues to be an underlying theme for many in the biomedical engineering industry. Leveraging SaaS solutions to manage your biomedical asset information has a number of benefits, but it is also important to understand the security measures that your software partner puts in place to ensure that your healthcare technology management strategy isn’t impacted by cybersecurity issues.


Next year, AAMI 2017 comes to Austin, TX, where Accruent is based. We look forward to welcoming the healthcare technology management community to the Live Music Capital of the World!