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Health Devices Achievement Award Winners Circle

Honoring excellence in the field of health technology management

The Health Devices Achievement Award is presented each year to an ECRI Institute member institution that has demonstrated an outstanding initiative that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology. For more information or to submit an application for next year's award, visit
Congratulations to Methodist Hospital of Southern California, winner of our 8th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award
The Methodist Hospital of Southern California has been selected winner of ECRI Institute's 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award for its entry, “Redefining Medical Equipment Management: Giving a Solution to Vulnerabilities from New Medical Device Technology.” The submission describes how Methodist Hospital developed an integrated systems management program for its medical equipment, defining the security vulnerabilities associated with each of its devices.

“We are honored that ECRI Institute has recognized the innovative systems-based approach our team took to address medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities,” says Anthony J. Coronado, biomedical engineering manager, Methodist Hospital. “Our integrated systems management program was developed by a team who was committed to ensuring patient safety and delivering better healthcare.”
The hospital’s biomedical engineering team revised its procedures for incoming inspections and ongoing device oversight to include verifying the cybersecurity of networked devices and the protected health information they contain.  
(Left to right) Steven A. Sisto, COO, Methodist; Dan F. Ausman, CEO, Methodist; Kara Marx, CIO, Methodist; Anthony J. Coronado, Biomedical Engineering Manager, Methodist/Renovo Solutions, LLC; James P. Keller, Vice President of Health Technology Evaluation and Safety, ECRI Institute; Tamara Murphy, Materials Management Director, Methodist. 
The finalists for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award (listed alphabetically) are: 
James Keller, ECRI Institute, presents Award to Johns Hopkins' Maria Cvach and Andrew Currie, alarms committee co-chairs 
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Wins the 7th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award

We honor The Johns Hopkins Hospital
, Baltimore, MD, winner of the 7th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award, for its comprehensive alarm management initiative. The award-winning interdisciplinary alarm management committee, chaired by Maria Cvach, RN, director of nursing, clinical standards, Dr. Adam Sapirstein, chair of the critical care committee, and Andrew Currie, Johns Hopkins director of clinical engineering, analyzed alarm data to gain an understanding of the type, frequency, and duration of alarms and then applied multiple small tests of changes to alarm settings.  
By making modest changes to default parameter settings, along with standardizing care and equipment and providing reliable ancillary alarm notification, the team was able to significantly reduce the number of clinically insignificant alarms. Johns Hopkins attributes its success to the strong support from the alarm committee members who champion the alarm safety effort at the bed side.
The Winning Johns Hopkins Alarms Management Committee"We congratulate The Johns Hopkins Hospital for tackling one of the most critical issues in patient safety today," said ECRI Institute's James Keller, Jr., MS, vice president, health technology evaluation and safety. "Johns Hopkins has set an excellent example for how a methodical and carefully analyzed research process can be applied to alarm management and result in a significant improvement in patient care. This project has created an excellent roadmap for other healthcare organizations working to improve safety with clinical alarms."
The 2012 award was formally presented to The Johns Hopkins Hospital by ECRI Institute's Jim Keller in late October. A complete description of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Alarms Management initiative appeared in the January 2013 issue of Health Devices.  Read the article
The finalists for the 2012 Health Devices Achievement Award are:
  • Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington, VT: Integration of the Cardiology Lifecycle for Patients
  • Kaiser Permanente, Torrance, CA: Leveraging an Integrated Healthcare System to Improve Quality of Care by Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York, NY: Integration of RFID System with Infusion Pumps
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: The MyHeartMap Challenge: a Social Media, Mobile Media, Health Technology Initiative
  • West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, PA: Impact of an Electronic Hand Hygiene Feedback Device on Improving Rates of Hand Hygiene Compliance 
Grande Ronde Hospital Wins 6th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award
Congratulations to Grande Ronde Hospital of La Grande, Oregon, the winner of ECRI Institute's 2011 Health Devices Achievement Award. Grande Ronde’s submission described how this 25-bed critical-access facility established a telemedicine network that allows its patients in rural northeast Oregon and Washington to access specialty physicians from across four  states. As a result of the initiative, Grande Ronde Hospital now offers 16 outpatient, consulting and educational services and more through its telemedicine program. 

A key component of Grande Ronde's groundbreaking telemedicine initiative is the RP-7 Remote Presence Device or Robot. The robot helps to enhance communication and collaboration among care providers, specialists, and patients who can be quite a distance away from one another. Says Doug Romer, executive director of patient care services, Grande Ronde Hospital, "It’s really about bringing urban medicine into a rural setting. With the wireless technology that we have here, the RP-7 Remote Presence Device can go anywhere in the hospitalpatient rooms, nursery, the ICU."

The remote technology is used for sharing Electronic Health Records, with consultants as far away as 1,800 miles reviewing patient lab results, radiology images and medications. Some of the services provided by this program are now being used as a model by other hospitals.   
The 2011 award was formally presented to Grande Ronde Hospital by ECRI Institute's Vice President James P. Keller, MS, seen in photo to the right with Doug Romer. A complete description of Grande Ronde’s telemedicine initiative will be published in Health Devices.   
The finalists for the 2011 Health Devices Achievement Award are:
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA for alarm standardization through the design of a portable, self-contained cardiac telemetry and monitoring training system.
  • Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach, FL, for its submission of its remote telemetry monitoring program for stable cardiac patients on our medical surgical units.  
    Previous Winners  

2010 - Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
The Total Joint Replacement Registry (TJRR) and the Cardiac Device Registry (CDR). Read More.

2009 - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Lebanon, NH
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Patient Safety in the Adult Medical/Surgical Population through Earlier Detection of Patient Deterioration Using Surveillance Monitoring  Read More.

2008 - Children's Hospital of Omaha, Omaha, NE
"See-through" Process: Improving Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Patient Safety Related to Chest and Abdominal x-rays in a Pediatric Care Unit Read more.

2007 - Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX 
The Integrated Platform for Life Safety and Tracking Read more.
2006 - Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
Human Factors in the Use of Wireless Telemetry Communications Read more.