Barrett Franklin, Chief of Clinical Engineering for VA New England Healthcare system and recipient of the AAMI’s Young Professional of the Year award, discusses implementation of best practices for HTM, as well as navigating the first 5 years as a HTM professional. We also get a brief from Barrett on his role in helping plan the AAMI 2014 conference.
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Interoperability between medical equipment and HIT has been long, long, long-term goal. Interoperable equipment will undeniably provide safer, higher quality, and more affordable care. Most of us believe this is a technical challenge, but could it actually be a business model problem? Is the opportunity to save more than $30 billion annually in healthcare dollars worth making interoperability a priority? What are the risks and how can HTM professionals help manage an effective and safe implementation of interoperable technology? Todd Cooper, from the Center for Medical Interoperability, takes time with us to discuss this paramount issue.
Whether you are new to the field looking at how to progress in your career, or a seasoned HTM professional wishing to explore innovative ways to utilize your knowledge and skills, the path is not always clear. AAMI is working hard to help define varying HTM career paths and opportunities, and provides a tool that can help guide your career growth and development. Karen Waninger, whose numerous accomplishments include AAMI HTM of the Year and TechNation Professional of the Year, enlightens us on AAMI’s new “career ladder” for the HTM professional.
Many technical people, IT and HTM alike, are happy just to focus on the technology that they have mastered. And it’s no wonder, as even the most complex technology is easier to navigate than many human beings. In today’s high tech world, where technology permeates our environments, and has even achieved depersonalization of many of our interactions, it remains imperative that techies learn to develop and maintain strong interpersonal skills in order to truly satisfy customer needs and make them happy. Abbe Meehan, from Tec Resource Center, discusses the importance of soft skills, how to meet the demands of customers’ impressions and perceptions, as well as her series of sessions at the AAMI 2014 conference.