Date: June 8, 2015
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation announced that Texas Children’s Hospital and Medical Informatics Corp have won the AAMI Foundation and the Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award, honoring a healthcare technology professional (individual or group) that has applied innovative clinical engineering practices or principles to solve one or more significant clinical patient care problems or challenges facing a patient population, community, or group.
The award is only given to one winner annually, and carries a lot of prestige in clinical spheres. AAMI is recognizing the alarm management work done in the Pediatric Care Unit (PCU) at Texas Children’s Hospital while using the Medical Informatics Corp (MIC) alarm management solutions and Sickbay™ data platform.
“Appropriate alarm management has the potential to increase patient safety, promote family and clinician satisfaction, and produce efficiencies. The alarm management team at Texas Children’s works diligently to lessen the stress associated with alarms and to decrease the risk of nurses becoming desensitized to alarms. Using real-time data to drive decisions has changed our conversation related to alarms and paved the way for true quality improvement.” – Jennifer Sanders, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Director – Clinical Informatics
“The team at Texas Children’s has tackled alarm management using a patient centered approach that allows for customized alarms to be set at the patient level. The patient specific decisions on alarm limits allows for care to be personalized allows for alarms to be more actionable.” – Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE – Director Biomedical Engineering
“This award really exemplifies the spirit of the working partnership between our team and the pediatric care unit. We focused on evaluating their overall alarm management policies and procedures, worked with their care providers to analyze high-resolution patient alarm data, and then created patient dashboards that put the most impactful alarm data in front of nurses and doctors so that they could make the best care decisions for their individual patients. Our goal was to determine how our technology could best be inserted into their departmental policies, procedures, and workflows to enhance care,” says Emma Fauss, CEO of MIC.
“It takes a lot of respect, communication, and teamwork to win an award like this. And we’re extremely proud to have been part of the team,” finishes Fauss.