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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.

2024 Award Winner

Clinica Imbanaco, Cali, Colombia

Clinica Imbanaco's Award-Winning, Multiyear Effort to Strengthen the Health Technology Management Function

Clinica Imbanaco implemented multiple initiatives over the past several years to expand the capabilities and upgrade the quality of its health technology management function, positioning itself as a pioneer in the region. These efforts included:

Focusing on proactive, rather than corrective, medical device maintenance. This involved identifying and classifying device-related risks, the probability of failure, and the potential impact of a failure; training device users on the safe use of devices; and adhering to a robust preventive maintenance program.

Establishing an International Electrotechnical Commission/International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC)-accredited metrology laboratory for in-house medical equipment calibration. In Colombia, external calibration services are expensive and have availability, timeliness, and quality issues. Clinica Imbanaco in-house service provides timely, accurate calibration that promotes clinician confidence in the measurements provided by sphygmomanometers, scales, thermometers, and other devices.

Using an evidence-based technology selection process to assess the value of implementing an intracranial and extracranial surgery system for treating cancer patients. A multidisciplinary technology assessment team was formed to establish selection criteria, evaluate the alternatives, and make an evidence-based selection decision.

Establishing a clinical alarm management program. Efforts included assessing clinical workflows, adopting a patient assessment process to facilitate early detection of patient decompensation, and upgrading medical technologies and alarm communications systems.

2023 Award Winner

Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA

Using AI-Enhanced Video Technology to Overcome Staffing Shortages and Improve Patient Care: The Guthrie Clinic's Award-Winning Initiative

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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