The Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, Calif, recently won ECRI Institute’s 8th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award.

The award recognizes institutions that improve patient safety, reduce costs, or improve strategic management of health technology.

Methodist Hospital won for developing a new integrated systems management program that identifies equipment vulnerabilities related to patient safety, information availability, and cybersecurity. The submission paid particular attention to the introduction of advanced and increasingly complex medical devices.

“I truly believe our program is the future of biomedical engineering with the advancements of medical devices,” Anthony Coronado, biomedical engineering manager at Methodist Hospital, told 24×7. “We are excited about helping patient safety globally.”

A complete description of the award-winning initiative will be featured in an upcoming edition of ECRI Institute’s Health Devices journal and on the ECRI Institute website.

Finalists for the award and their submission topics were:

  • Boston Medical Center, Boston: Telemetry Task Force Alarm Reduction Strategies
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa: Implementation of an Effective Clinical Technology Management Program
  • Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa: Clinical Capital Technology: Assessment, Planning and Optimization
  • Halton Healthcare Services, Toronto: Implementation of an Electronic Positive Patient Identification System for Specimen Collection
  • Novant Health, Fort Wayne, Ind: Clinical Equipment Management Program
  • Parkview Health System, Winston-Salem, NC: Supply Chain Management Performance Improvement