ECRI Institute presents its annual 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 top submissions from our most recent competition, as well as those from previous years. The submission period begins each October. To submit an entry, or for rules and additional information, visit the
award rules page.
The 12th Health Devices Achievement Award (2018)
In May 2018, we announced Boston Medical Center as the 12th winner of our award for its development and implementation of a point-of-care, patient-centric mobile app designed to guide patients through BMC's postsurgical pulmonary care protocol. The app puts resources to improve patients' understanding of the protocol at their fingertips, it sends text notifications to remind patients when actions should be taken, and it offers game-like and social-support features to more fully engage the patient. By empowering patients to take control of their recovery, the app helps improve adherence to the protocol, which in turn has been shown to help reduce postoperative pulmonary complications. Significantly, these benefits accrue without increasing the burden on clinical staff.
Along with the winning submission, we selected five additional entries that deserved special recognition. In this collection of articles, we describe each of these projects to highlight their successes, as well as to share best practices and techniques that may benefit other healthcare facilities.
Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA):
An App That Empowers Surgical Patients to Take Control of Their Recovery—Boston Medical Center's Award-Winning Initiative. BMC designed an app to help improve patient adherence to the organization's "ICOUGH" postsurgical pulmonary care protocol—and to do so in a sustainable way that would not overburden clinical staff. Early results from BMC's pilot study are quite promising: Patients and staff really like the ICOUGH Recovery app, and better adherence to the protocol has been demonstrated.
Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA):
Identifying and Responding to Clinically Decompensating Patients—Boston Medical Center's EMR-Based Early Warning System. This application, the second from BMC to be honored this year, describes the organization's implementation of an EMR-based early warning system (EWS) to reduce clinical deterioration and preventable death among patients. BMC customized the EWS's scoring system to best suit the needs of its specific patient population, and it established a standardized response protocol to facilitate quick responses from appropriately trained staff.
Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia, PA):
Reducing IV Contrast Extravasations during CT Examinations—Einstein Healthcare Network Validates a New Approach. Researchers at Einstein assessed whether injecting a test bolus of saline using a power injector, instead of injecting it by hand, can decrease the number of subsequent IV contrast extravasations that occur during contrast-enhanced CT examinations. The review of pre- and post-intervention data from thousands of examinations showed a significant reduction in extravasation rates with the new procedure.
The 11th Health Devices Achievement Award (2017)
In May 2017, we announced Penn Medicine's Center for Health Care Innovation as the 11th winner of our award, highlighting the app-development platform that the Penn Medicine team designed to help clinicians better manage specific populations of patients. The platform allows the team's developers to rapidly create and revise apps that bring relevant data to clinicians at the time they need it, enabling continuously improved patient care.
Along with the winning submission, we selected three additional entries that deserved special recognition. In this collection of articles, we describe each of these projects to highlight their successes, as well as to share best practices and techniques that may benefit other healthcare facilities.
Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation (Philadelphia, PA):
Designing Custom Apps to Improve Patient Care—An Award-Winning Initiative from Penn Medicine's Center for Health Care Innovation. The team at Penn Medicine developed a platform for creating apps that proactively identify patients who require a particular intervention, using real-time data from multiple IT systems, and then deliver that information to care providers at the time it is needed, thereby leading to better patient care.
The 10th Health Devices Achievement Award (2016)