- Grimes SL, Wirth A, “The Case for Medical Device Cybersecurity Hygiene Practices for Front-Line Personnel” Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology (BI&T) July 2021; 55(3):96-99.
- This article presents a comprehensive list of 20 interdependent cybersecurity practices that should be understood and followed by most frontline personnel involved in either the operation or support of medical devices and systems. If adhered to, these cyber hygiene practices go a long way toward preventing security related compromises. Of note, although this list represents what are considered "leading practices," any first-time implementation of a new process should be preceded with an assessment to verify whether the security benefit gained by implementation is not offset by the introduction of significant care delivery, workflow, or safety risks.
HTM Press Release:
- AAMI has issued a press release about HTM Professional’s role in the safety of medical equipment to ensure trained professionals are servicing, refurbishing, or testing medical equipment during this pandemic. You can read and share the press release here. It has been widely distributed to over 600 media outlets.
- AAMI has made these relevant standards, normally for sale, free during the crisis. They are on the AAMI website.
1. AAMI PB70:2012, Liquid barrier performance and classification of protective apparel and drapes intended for use in health care facilities
2. AAMI TIR11:2005/(R)2015, Selection and use of protective apparel and surgical drapes in health care facilities
3. TIR68:2018, Low and intermediate-level disinfection in healthcare settings for medical devices and patient care equipment and sterile processing environmental surfaces
MITA RELEASES NATIONAL STANDARD FOR MEDICAL DEVICE SECURITY -
- The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) announced the publication of NEMA/MITA HN 1-2019, Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security, also known as MDS2. This voluntary Standard supports security risk management within healthcare delivery organizations by providing standardized information on security control features integrated within medical devices.
New Guides Released -
- AAMI has released two new guides of interest to the HTM and IT communities. The first is Acquisition Guide for Clinical Technology Equipment, a 44-page publication that outlines a clear, practical, and scalable process for healthcare organizations to procure and install devices and technology. It’s designed to help organizations make optimum decisions that will serve them well throughout the life cycle of equipment. The second is the Healthcare Technology Management Manual, a publication that offers a comprehensive look at how to run a successful HTM department, including guidance on accreditation, standards, personnel, and services. It includes Joint Commission elements of performance, along with sample policy and procedure documents.
Article Focuses on Changing CE-HTM Roles -
- An article in the May/June 2019 issue of AAMI’s BI&T (“CE-HTM Professional Roles in Healthcare Delivery: Is it Time for a Reset?) describes the support challenges associated with today’s and future generations of healthcare technology, the need for an appropriate proportion and number of support professionals, and the evolving nature of expertise these professionals must represent. Finally, the article recommends steps that various industry