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​​The annual Health Technology Excellence Award (formerly known as the Health Devices Achievement Award) competition provides a valuable opportunity for ECRI to recognize some of the outstanding technology management initiatives implemented by our members.

We're pleased to share details about the top submissions from our most recent competition, as well as those from previous years. They describe best practices and effective techniques that other healthcare facilities can emulate to improve patient safety, reduce costs, and facilitate better strategic management of health technology.

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ECRI presents its annual Health Technology Excellence Award (formerly known as the Health Devices Achievement Award) to the member facility that has carried out the most exceptional initiative to improve patient safety, reduce costs, or otherwise facilitate better strategic management of health technology. We're pleased to share details about the winner and other notable submissions from our most recent competition, as well as those from previous years. Submissions consist of a short essay describing an ongoing or recently completed health technology management initiative at a member institution.

Submit an Entry

To submit an entry for next year's competition, or for rules and additional information, visit the award rules page.

The 16th Health Technology Excellence Award (2022)

The 16th winner of our award is McLaren Northern Michigan for its technology-integration initiative. Along with the winning submission, we note five noteworthy entries from member organizations around the world describing efforts for improving processes and systems in a variety of settings and circumstances. 

The Winner

McLaren Northern Michigan (Petoskey, Michigan). Integrating Patient-Centric Technologies to Improve Care and Enhance the Patient Experience—McLaren Northern Michigan's Award-Winning Initiative. When planning technologies to be used in a newly constructed addition to the hospital, McLaren challenged the suppliers of those technologies to work together to build a highly integrated system. This successful effort produced a system that streamlines the delivery of information to care providers and that provides patients with easy access to the resources they need to understand their care and to be comfortable during their stay.

Selected Noteworthy Submissions

The following projects are described in Technology Management around the World: Highlights from Health Technology Excellence Award Applicants.

  • Clínica Imbanaco Grupo QuirónSalud (Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia). "Implementation of an Intelligent Infusion System in a High-Complexity Hospital." Despite many barriers to the adoption of smart infusion technologies in Colombia, the organization successfully implemented a comprehensive smart infusion solution.
  • KIMSHealth (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India). "Implementation of an In-House Medical Device Testing and ​Calibration Lab." When third-party device testing and calibration services proved unreliable, KIMSHealth engaged the daunting task of creating its own lab and getting it accredited.
  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (Québec, Québec,​ Canada). "Medical Equipment Life-Cycle Management in a Public Health System." By improving coordination across the facilities in Quebec, the province's centralized clinical engineering team made efficient use of limited capital resources and improved the ability to identify medical strategic assets and equipment within the healthcare system.
  • Stanford Health Care (Palo Alto, California, United States). "Ensuring the Availability and Readiness of Hypo/Hyperthermia Equipment." To tackle the recurring problem of its hypo/hyperthermia therapy equipment being hard to find and/or not ready for use when needed, Stanford implemented a simple but effective solution.
  • Tabba Heart Institute (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan). "Enhancement of Medication Safety Features of a Computerized Provider Order-Entry System." In the face of numerous obstacles to implementing large-scale, high-cost health IT technologies, Tabba Heart Institute implemented, and fine-tuned, a CPOE system.




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