ECRI Institute Names Penn Medicine Winner of Health Devices Achievement Award

New app uses EHR data to improve patient outcomes, reduce ICU stays

May 1, 2019

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PAPenn Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) won ECRI Institute’s 2019 Health Devices Achievement Award for developing an app that enables patients to wean off ventilators faster. ECRI Institute’s annual award recognizes a member healthcare facility’s initiative to improve patient safety, reduce costs, or otherwise facilitate better strategic management of health technology.

Penn Medicine’s innovation reduced patients’ mechanical ventilation time by more than 24 hours, compared to baseline data. It also shortened the time they spent in the ICU and hospital.

“This submission impressed us because Penn Medicine harnessed EHR data in real-time to improve patient outcomes,” says David Jamison, executive director, selection and evaluation, ECRI Institute. “Innovations that improve patient safety get at the heart of ECRI Institute’s mission.”

Penn Medicine’s app, called ABC for Awakening and Breathing Coordination, includes a computerized dashboard and clinician alert system that uses EHR data to allow faster weaning of patients from sedation and mechanical ventilator support. By relying on current EHR data, the system provides clinicians with relevant, actionable information.

“The ABC app helped us address one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today—translating important evidenced-based practices to the bedside,” says Barry Fuchs, MD, clinical lead on the project at Penn Medicine.

Mike Restuccia, senior vice president and chief information officer at Penn Medicine, notes, “The secret sauce to driving patient outcome value in the Penn Medicine healthcare setting is the collaboration and teamwork that exists across many different disciplines.”

The development and implementation required coordination by clinicians, clinical decision support, IT, data science, Center for Health Care Innovation, and PENN E-lert telehealth.

ECRI Institute also recognizes three finalists for the 2019 Health Devices Achievement Award:

  • John Muir Health (Walnut Creek, CA) for creating a database that formalizes and simplifies the alternative equipment maintenance decision process
  • Parkview Health (Fort Wayne, IN) for automating the inventory management process for perioperative supplies
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New England Healthcare System (Bedford, MA) for establishing methodology to identify equipment that qualifies for alternative equipment maintenance status

For more information, including details about other notable submissions, visit ECRI Institute’s Health Devices Achievement Award Winners Circle. To learn about membership in ECRI Institute's medical technology procurement and management programs, call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891; e-mail, or visit

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, is an independent, trusted authority on the medical practices and products that provide the safest, most cost-effective care. For more than half a century, ECRI Institute has built its reputation on rigorous evidence-based research, with an unwavering dedication to strict conflict-of-interest policies and transparent reporting of its findings. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Visit and follow @ECRI_Institute.

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