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 member institution that has demonstrated an outstanding initiative that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology. ECRI will begin accepting submissions for next year’s Award in November.

2019 Award Winner

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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

Penn Medicine was honored for developing an app that uses EHR data to promote faster weaning of patients from sedation and mechanical ventilator support. Stakeholders from across the organization collaborated to develop the app—a computerized dashboard and clinician alert system—to address an identified need: shortening the time patients stay on mechanical ventilation. Doing so would reduce the risk of complications, as well as reduce patients' length of stay in the ICU.

The result was an app that leveraged information stored in the EHR to provide clinicians with real-time access to meaningful ventilation and sedation protocol data. The app enables continuous screening of patient eligibility for reducing sedative medications and weaning from the ventilator. And it alerts respiratory and nursing staff when interventions are required to move patients along the weaning process.

Use of the app has helped reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation by more than 24 hours compared with baseline data, and it has led to a corresponding reduction in ICU and hospital lengths of stay.


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


2012 Award Winner

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Alarm Management Initiative


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