Health Technology Excellence Award Winners Circle

Honoring excellence in the field of health technology management

The Health Technology Excellence Award is presented each year to an ECRI 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 about how the winners are determined or how to apply for consideration, visit the award rules page.

2023 Award Winner

Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA

Implementing an AI-Driven Tele-Sitting System to Address Staffing Shortages

Despite the challenges in rural healthcare, Guthrie Clinic has been a leader in quality, patient safety, and patient experience. However, with the additional pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic, care delivery and the resources became a challenge. With an increased number of patients and labor costs, Guthrie Clinic sought to develop a virtual command center hub that would allow consolidation of resources in a centralized location, standardize care practices, and scale who they served from a localized approach to more system-driven - all enabled by technology. For this initiative, Guthrie Clinic has been selected as the winner of ECRI's 17th Health Technology Excellence Award.

Analyzing areas of highest risk, implementation efficiency, technology support, and potential impact to patient care, Guthrie first implemented tele-sitting. The Artificial Intelligence driven platform enabled Guthrie to develop other use cases for the camera vision outside of fall reduction such as pressure ulcer reduction, automatic documentation, hand washing audits, security alerts and much more.

The result of this effort is a broader deployment of tele-sitting across system and a better utilization of staff. The success of this effort has also enabled Guthrie to move into the next phase: stream hemodynamic waveforms and data to a central location regardless of vendor.


Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (Baltimore, MD) for its development and implementation of an innovative safety-event-reporting software application. 

Other Finalists

  • Einstein Medical Center, Jefferson Health (Philadelphia, PA) for a project using AI to improve patient follow-up rates for imaging studies
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (Somerville, NJ) for the efforts of its clinical engineering team to increase the department's role in the capital equipment purchasing process
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Miami, FL) for its use of business analytics tools to create a more efficient process for collecting, analyzing, and sharing key performance indicators

2022 Award Winner

McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey, MI

Integrating Patient-Centric Technologies to Improve Care and Enhance the Patient Experience

2021 Award Winner

Mon Health System, Morgantown, WV

Providing Opportunities for Technology Innovation

2020 Award Winner

Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering & Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Joint Investigation of Overinfusion Incidents Has a Global Impact


2019 Award Winner

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Developing an App to Promote More Rapid Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation and Sedation


Other Commended Entries

2018 Award Winner

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Postoperative Pulmonary Care Smartphone App


2017 Award Winner

Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation, Philadelphia, PA

Designing Custom Apps to Improve Patient Care


2016 Award Winner

Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

Alarm Management Reboot


2014 Award Winner

Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE

Best Practices in Telemetry Management: Redefining Use While Maintaining Patient Safety and Reducing Costs


2013 Award Winner

Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, CA

Redefining Medical Equipment Management and Giving a Solution to Vulnerabilities from New Medical Device Technology


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