News: Healthcare Technology Safety Institute Honored

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Healthcare Technology Safety Institute to receive GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

Program of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation will be honored for its innovative efforts to strengthen development, management and use of healthcare technology for improved patient outcomes

The Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and supported by GE Healthcare recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 8, 2013 — The Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) — a program of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Foundation, Arlington, Va. — will receive the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award.

The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and supported by GE Healthcare, will be given at the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Boston, May 18-23. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values.

Established around the vision that “healthcare technology will advance patient safety and will do no harm,” HTSI serves as a model for the pioneering collaboration and commitment of the entire constellation of healthcare professions to the common goal of patient safety.

HTSI aims to engage the healthcare community in multidisciplinary safety initiatives that strengthen the development, management and use of healthcare technology for improved patient outcomes. As the only nonprofit organization focusing exclusively on solving technology-related patient safety issues, HTSI works to bring together the right people from across the healthcare community to address complex “systems” issues related to technology.

HTSI has made noteworthy progress toward addressing complicated, multidisciplinary, interrelated challenges. Its focus is to develop and share best practices, publish safety innovations, identify and fill research needs, close education gaps and reduce errors from the use of healthcare technology. Initiatives currently address infusion systems, clinical alarms, reprocessing of reusable medical devices and interoperability of healthcare technologies.

Its parent organization, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, is a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission — supporting the healthcare community in the development, management and use of safe and effective medical technology.


About the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare and receive a plaque and $750 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme

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