Now accepting applications for the 12th Health Devices Achievement Award.
The Health Devices Achievement Award is presented each year to recognize innovative and effective initiatives undertaken by member healthcare institutions to improve patient safety, reduce costs, or otherwise facilitate better strategic management of health technology.
Applicants must represent a healthcare facility or health system that is a current member of one of the following ECRI Institute services: Health Devices System™, HDGold™, or SELECTplus®, and the deadline is January 31, 2018.
- Honorary award for prominent display in the winning institution
- Formal on-site presentation by ECRI Institute
- Feature article and promotion on ECRI Institute's website
- Publicity in ECRI Institute press announcements
In addition to honoring the award winner, ECRI Institute acknowledges award finalists through its publications, online services, and promotions.
Submissions will be reviewed by members of ECRI Institute’s staff, who will select the top applications for additional review by a panel of independent judges. The winner will be announced in May. Criteria for selection include the following:
- Performance improvement
- Improved delivery of care
- Extensibility to other institutions
Applicants should submit a 1,500- to 2,000-word essay to ECRI Institute describing an initiative undertaken at their facility that demonstrates excellence in the field of health technology management.
Initiatives may relate to any health technology management endeavor, such as: patient safety, technology selection and service, resource allocation, hazard and recall management, staff training, and accreditation.
Essays should follow the structure outlined below, providing relevant details for each of these sections (sample prompts to consider are listed):
- The Challenge. What was the problem you were trying to solve? What was the ultimate goal for your project?
- The Landscape. Describe the situation in which the challenge developed. Help us understand the circumstances you were facing.
- The Process. What methods did you use to address the challenge? What actions did you take?
- The Results. What did you achieve? What was the outcome? What was the impact? Provide evidence of improvement, if available (e.g., measurements of performance before and after implementing the solution).
- Key Takeaways. What did you learn? What key points or lessons learned might be useful to your colleagues at other healthcare facilities?
In addition, at the end of your submission, please disclose any potentially relevant intellectual, proprietary, or financial relationships/conflicts by answering the following questions:
Does the applicant (healthcare facility) or any of the individuals involved in the project currently have, did they previously have, or do they expect to engage in any activities that would give them a financial interest in, or help them derive a benefit from, a commercial product or service that is used in the project described within the application for the Health Devices Achievement Award?
Examples include: being employed by, having a consulting arrangement with, or receiving (or expecting to receive) funding or other financial considerations from the supplier/manufacturer of a medical device or service that is described in the application.
Does any third party own, or retain rights to, any of the materials or information that you have provided as part of your submission, and is there anything that would restrict ECRI Institute from sharing or distributing the information provided in your submission?
If no such relationships exist, applicant should state that: “No third-party financial relationships or restrictions exist” to certify that no such relationships exist.
If a real, or potential, financial relationship or restriction exists between the applicant and a third party, please describe this relationship(s) in detail.
ECRI Institute reserves the right to request additional information about financial relationships or potential conflicts of interest at any time during the application process and after an award is made.
Financial Disclosure Statement. ECRI Institute has strict conflict-of-interest rules and accepts no grants, gifts, finder’s fees, or consulting projects from, and our employees are not permitted to own stock shares in, medical device or pharmaceutical firms. ECRI Institute does not require that applicants for the Health Devices Achievement Award adhere to the same conflict-of-interest rules that apply to its own staff. Nevertheless, information about an applicant’s business, financial, or professional relationships pertaining to the initiative described in your submission will help us put the application in the proper context and assist with identifying any potential conflicts.
By submitting an application, you grant ECRI Institute permission to use information from the application essay in published materials.