As providers and manufacturers await updated FDA regulations on mobile medical devices, the Technology Management Council of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has launched a 10-hospital study on the state of healthcare technology management.
AAMI said it intends the study to be a detailed analysis of the current use and needs of healthcare technology management and provide information on the roles of the clinical and biomedical engineers that supervise the use of the devices. Participants will include hospitals that maintain their own equipment as well as facilities that outsource, and will incorporate providers of varying sizes.
The association also said one of its primary goals is to “define resources that could enhance technology management as a field.” The organization will ask questions such as: “What types of resources do managers need to enhance their careers and the benefits they provide to their organization? What resources are available, and what needs to be developed?"
The project will include interviews and surveys with administrators, concluding with the publication of a white paper in June, the organization said.
AAMI is a 4,000-member non-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., which aims to understand and offer education on the effective use of medical instrumentation.