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The annual Health Devices Achievement Award competition provides a valuable opportunity for ECRI Institute 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 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.  

The Winner

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. 

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Biomedical Engineering; Technology Management; Inventory Management; Service and Maintenance


Ambulatory Care Center; Ambulatory Surgery Center; Assisted-living Facility; Behavioral Health Facility; Dialysis Facility; Emergency Department; Endoscopy Facility; Home Care; Hospice; Hospital Inpatient; Hospital Outpatient; Imaging Center; Independent Living Facility; Physician Practice; Short-stay Facility; Skilled-nursing Facility; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility; Trauma Center

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