AAMI gives its new nonprofit safety council $500K

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AAMI’s Healthcare Technology Safety Council (HTSC), an arm of the nonprofit AAMI Foundation, has received a $500,000 gift from the parent organization.

According to AAMI's spokesman Robert King, AAMI’s board of directors decided to appropriate the association's monies for the new operation, which informally launched last fall in the wake of a summit it held with the FDA on infusion-pump safety problems.

Going forward, the council will seek to “tackle pressing issues involving healthcare technologies,” according to a statement released by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

“Healthcare environments have become a labyrinth of systems, and the evolving relationship between medical technologies, the clinician, the caregiver and the patient has contributed to the complexity,” said AAMI President Mary Logan.

The council will use research, publications, events and advocacy to address problems caused or exacerbated by such complexity.

The $500,000 donation comes at a “crucial time in history,” said AAMI Board Chair Marcy Petrini in the statement. “On the one hand, horrible patient stories have become headline news and, on the other hand, medical care dollars are shrinking, and healthcare institutions must do more with less staff, thereby relying more on technology,” she said.

The HTSC will be comprised of a chair and vice-chair, in addition to seven to 10 members, according to AAMI. It will set strategy and guide the work of the infusion systems steering committee and future panels.

For more information on the HTSC, including how to participate and donate to the effort, click here.