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Expert in Healthcare Technology, Medical Devices, Clinical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Hospital Technology

Expert ID: 732167 Maryland, USA

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Expert is an Expert Consultant for hospitals, medical device companies, legal firms, and insurance carriers. Responsibilities consist of providing biomedical, clinical, and forensic engineering support to clients, that can include incident investigations, reports of findings, as well as expert witness testimony. His medical technology experience includes familiarity with the design, use and malfunctions associated with defibrillators, electrosurgical units (ESU), infusion pumps, patient monitors and many other medical devices found in hospitals.

Experience includes: working familiarity with standards related to medical devices, overall healthcare technology and patient safety; providing hospital biomedical and clinical engineering program quality assurance services; establishing hospital-based biomedical departments; medical equipment selection; provision or establishment of computerized medical device control programs for preventive maintenance and maintenance; The Joint Commission (TJC) compliance reviews and pre-inspection surveys; medical technology-related quality assurance procedures; and assistance in hospital risk management as related to applied medical technology including sentinel event investigations.

While Director of Clinical Engineering at Christiana Care Health Services, a 1,000-bed two-hospital system in Delaware, Expert was an active member of the both the Environment of Care Committee and the Patient Safety Committee. Expert was officially appointed as the liaison between the two committees. He was the person in charge with the organizational compliance with The Joint Commission requirements on patient care equipment.

Expert was also the Chair of the NFPA-99 (Healthcare Facilities Code) Technical Committee on Medical Equipment from 2007-2015.

Since starting his own consulting company in 2011, Expert has participated in approximately 30 expert witness cases as either a consulting expert and/or a testifying expert concerning medical devices and equipment.

Expert participates in the following:
- AAMI Infusion Device Committee (2010-present)
- Healthcare Technology Safety Institute – Clinical Alarms Steering Committee (2012-present)
- Healthcare Technology Safety Institute – Infusion Devices Steering Committee (2013-present)
- National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety (2014-present)
- National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety (2015-present)

He has consulted in biomedical, clinical and forensic engineering since 2011. He draws on a 40+ year career of experience to this end.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering with Certificate – Technology in Health Care Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Year: 1971 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Maryland

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
Responsibilities:
As president of this healthcare technology consulting firm, Expert serves as an expert for hospitals, medical device companies, legal firms, and insurance carriers. Responsibilities consist of providing biomedical, clinical, and forensic engineering support to clients, that can include incident investigations, reports of findings, as well as expert witness testimony. Medical technology experience includes familiarity with the design, use and malfunctions associated with defibrillators, electrosurgical units (ESU), infusion pumps, patient monitors and many other medical devices found in hospitals.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1989 to 2011 Employer: Christiana Care Health System Title: Director Department: Clinical Engineering
Responsibilities:
Expert led projects for the hospital including: the selection and installation of a flexible monitoring system that encompassed major changes in clinical practice and provided tight interface with system-wide Information Services computer network; worked as the team leader to evaluate and implement a new Smart IV Pump technology; and served as a member of hospital committees, including Patient Safety Committee, Environment of Care Committee, and the Medical Products Implementation Committee.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1973 to 1989 Employer: Waterbury Hospital Title: Director Department: Clinical Engineering
Responsibilities:
He supervised a department that provided direct or monitored outside services to provide for preventive maintenance, calibration, repair and in-service education for all medical devices.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) (1973-present)
American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) (1990-present)
American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) (2012-present)
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) (~2000-present)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Healthcare Section (2012-present)
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer (PE), State of Delaware, License
Certified in Clinical Engineering (CCE) – Healthcare Technology Certification Commission, Certificate
Certified Safety Professional (CSP) – Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Certificate
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) - National Patient Safety Foundation
Professional Appointments
Co-Chair, AAMI Standards Board
Editorial Board (AAMI) for Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology
Member, AAMI Technology Management Council
Chair, NFPA 99 Technical Committee on Medical Equipment, member
Fellow, American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE)
Vice President, ACCE Board of Directors
Advisory Board (ECRI Institute) for Health Devices Journal
Member, AAMI Electrical Safety Committee
Member, AAMI Infusion Device Committee
Member, AAMI Medical Device Alarm Committee
Member, Healthcare Technology Safety Institute – Clinical Alarms Steering Committee
Member, Healthcare Technology Safety Institute – Infusion Devices Steering Committee
Member, National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety
Member, National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety
Member, National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids
Member, National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology
Awards / Recognition
Recipient, AAMI Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award
Recipient, ACCE/HTF Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award
Fellow, American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE)
Medical / Professional
Expert has had vast experience in the medical device field spanning over 40 years.
Publications and Patents Summary
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems – Design Features for HTM; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
‘No Problem Found’ Service Calls—Keep Digging; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
The Complexity of Clinical Alarm Systems; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Why You Should Care about Batteries; AAMI Annual Meeting – Philadelphia PA
Making Sense of Revised CMS Medical Equipment Maintenance Requirements; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Healthcare Technology Is on the Move,; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Medical Device Batteries: Ubiquitous and Problematic; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
The Importance of Imaging Technology; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Improving Your Equipment Intake Process, Angie Baltz & Expert; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Medical Device Problem Reporting & Surveillance; 2013 AAMI Annual Meeting – Long Beach, CA.
Adverse Patient Events Involving Medical Devices,; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
The Challenges of Patient-Supplied Medical Equipment; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
A Win on Many Fronts - The Case for Medical Equipment Inspectors; Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert serves as an expert witness for either plaintiffs or defendants. He has been associated with approximately 60 cases involving a variety of medical devices in jurisdictions across the USA.
Training / Seminars
AAMI Annual meeting - Almost every year
Review course on Patient Safety. Preparatory to examination to become a Certified Patient Safety Professional.
Vendor Selection
Expert exercised extensive vendor selection during his tenure as Director of Clinical Engineering

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