With hospitals and industry leaders all collecting data in their own unique ways, it has been all but impossible for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals to assess their industry as a whole. Accruent is working with industry peers and thought leaders at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) to standardize how medical device information is configured. They outlined an agreed-upon method for optimizing and standardizing failure codes in a recent white paper.
The white paper, Optimizing the CMMS Failure Code Field, was sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). It represents the insights of Accruent and five other leading computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) suppliers in a CMMS Collaborative.
Carol Davis-Smith, vice chair of clinical engineering of the AAMI Board of Directors and principal of Carol Davis-Smith & Associates helped facilitate the discussions between the CMMS Collaborative and the HTM community that ultimately led to the new white paper.
Until now, being able to compare the performance of a medical device maintenance program or the reliability of a device network to others has been difficult. However, if everyone is recording and sharing their data in the same way, recognizing what is a benchmark for ideal performance and safety will be universally easier.
To facilitate a speedy adoption, Accruent has committed to working with its existing clients to transition from current platform configurations to ones that leverage this standardized list of failure codes. After evaluating the success of this first effort, CMMS and HTM leadership may consider standardizing additional code fields.