AMMI Foundation to build database of best practices for purchase, use of healthcare technology

In its newest patient safety initiative, the AAMI Foundation plans to build a repository of best practices to help guide provider organizations and clinicians when they buy and use medical devices and other technology.

The foundation is putting together a National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology. The coalition's goal will be to build best practices that address the following:

  • Selecting and buying complex technology
  • Educating and training those who use said technology
  • Assessing proficiency of use

So far, six corporate partners have signed onto the coalition:

  • BD
  • Hospira
  • Medtronic
  • Baxter
  • Nihon Kohden
  • VitalSigns

"All stakeholders must join this effort because as devices become increasingly complex, the probability that clinicians will lack some vital knowledge of when, why or how to use these products with patients grow, and positive patient outcomes are at risk," said Marilyn Neder Flack, executive director of the AMMI Foundation and senior vice president of patient safety initiatives at AMMI.

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