A roundtable of experts was featured in the July/August 2019 issue of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) bimonthly journal, Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology (BI&T). The discussion, Early Research into the Operational Context of Device Use Is Needed, highlighted trends, value, and various roles of early use–related research of medical devices. Bold Insight’s Managing Director Korey Johnson, a frequent presenter and active member in the human factors research community, was asked to lend his expertise to the dialog.  

 “It was a great experience to connect and discuss with my peers a topic we are all passionate about,” said Johnson. “Most of us are involved in developing standards and defining best practices for this type of research, so we appreciate any opportunity to answer questions and share our perspectives with members of the healthcare technology management community who are tasked with executing this research. Our goal, as human factors practitioners in healthcare, is to do more than ensure safe and effective use at the conclusion of the product development process. We aim to make humans and the human experience central to the entire development process. AAMI is a respected resource for furthering industry standards and best practices. Convening this roundtable discussion on early use-related research is a great example of the organization helping to push the industry in the right direction.” 

 AAMI members can access the full article by visiting https://www.aami-bit.org/doi/10.2345/0899-8205-53.4.290.  

 Connect with Korey Johnson on Linked In, Twitter, or email (korey.johnson [at] boldinsight.com). 

 About Bold Insight 

Bold Insight is user experience (UX) and human factors (HF) research agency based in Chicago. Our team offers clients the expertise and professionalism of a large agency, with the imagination and agility of a startup; specializing in medical device research, human factors validation, and large-scale global testing. http://Boldinsight.com/human-factors 

 About AAMI and BI&T publication 

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) publishes BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the developers, managers, and users of medical instrumentation and technology. Twice each year, AAMI also publishes the award-winning Horizons series. Each issue focus on a single topic of  interest to the medical technology community.  

Founded in 1967, AAMI is a unique alliance of nearly 7,000 members united by the common goal of increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation. Members include clinical engineers, biomedical equipment technicians, manufacturers, sterile processing professionals, researchers, quality assurance and regulatory affairs experts, and other healthcare technology professionals.  Visit https://www.aami.org/ to learn more.

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