The AAMI Nominating Committee has selected three individuals with diverse backgrounds in healthcare technology to serve on the association’s board of directors. The AAMI board is comprised of 18–19 representatives who are responsible for reviewing, revising, and approving strategic and business plans; establishing and approving policies; and providing guidance on strategic issues affecting the association.
The nominees are:
1. Pamela Arora: senior vice president and chief information officer for the Children’s Health System of Texas. Arora, who has been a member of AAMI for six years, serves on the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Board, as well as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Education Foundation Board. In addition, she is an active member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
“I am excited to be a part of the AAMI organization. I am eager to leverage the relationships I have developed with CHIME, HIMSS, and HITRUST to help promote AAMI’s initiatives, and work to encourage third-party equipment manufacturers and vendors to align their data security practices with those of their respective customers,” Arora says. “I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow board members and the industry to promote the integration of technology across the continuum of care.”
2. Rollin J. “Terry” Fairbanks: director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and associate director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation in Washington, D.C. Fairbanks has been an active member of the AAMI Human Factors Engineering Committee since 2004 and has worked on HE74, HE75, IEC 61010, and other standards. He also has presented a number of AAMI webinars on medical device usability, validation testing, and human factors.
“Standards are a critical part of a safety culture, and for the past 14 years, I’ve watched AAMI raise the standards for the safety of medical devices,” Fairbanks says. “AAMI has also been very successful in creating partnerships among the medical device industry, healthcare providers, and the [U.S.] FDA in ways that have helped all parties. I’m very pleased to be part of a group that guides and influences these organizations.”
3. Heidi Horn: vice president of clinical engineering service for SSM Health in St. Louis. Horn has been an AAMI member for 12 years, presenting at several AAMI conferences and authoring a number of articles for AAMI publications. She also serves as the chair of the AAMI Awards Committee.
“I have volunteered to be on many AAMI committees over the years because I believe in AAMI’s mission of ensuring safe and effective healthcare technology and wanted to do my part to promote this cause,” Horn says. “I look forward to helping AAMI promote safety standards in healthcare technology and to bring manufacturers and healthcare technology management professionals together to help healthcare providers contain healthcare costs, stay on top of new technology and policy developments, and provide tools and information that will meaningfully improve patient care and reduce risk.”
The official election of these individuals will occur during the association’s annual business meeting, which will be held during the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo, which takes place in Austin, Texas, from June 9–12. Their terms will begin immediately thereafter.