Our Vision and Mission:

Vision: The AAMI Foundation is dedicated to advancing the professional development of health technology professionals and the safety of technology to improve health.

Mission:The AAMI Foundation achieves its vision through the award of scholarships, awards, grants and other endeavors to strengthen the knowledge of health technology professionals.

Kilmer Fund to Award Scholarships, Grants in Microbiological Quality and Sterility Assurance

The AAMI Foundation has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson to create the Kilmer Fund, which will award scholarships and research grants to students and professionals in the microbiological quality and sterility assurance community.

Learning modules on Syringe Pump Safety from Massachusetts General Hospital

The topics of these modules are not often explicitly taught and have relevance to a wide range of clinical professionals, including physicians and nurses, pharmacists, and biomed engineers/technicians. These modules cover the nuances of syringe pump operation that can impact the safe delivery of drugs.

History of the AAMI Foundation

The AAMI Foundation is committed to reducing preventable patient harm and to improving outcomes with complex healthcare technology. In addition to awarding scholarships and its national coalition work, the Foundation works to identify and analyze evidence-based and actionable research on reducing preventable patient harm related to healthcare technology, to diffuse the findings to multiple levels of stakeholders, and to promote patient safety as an essential element of personal and systemic healthcare management.

Over its 50-year history, the Foundation has worked closely with its affiliate, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the world-renowned membership organization driving consensual standards in medical instrumentation. Recently, the Foundation, in addition to providing scholarships to those in the field of medical technology, implemented AAMI’s coalition and consensus model to address clarion patient safety issues.

The Current Problem Facing Today’s Patients

Today, it is not only patients that are touched by technology; increasingly it also is everyday citizens who monitor their health proactively for fitness and wellness. Further, with greater digital integration, caregivers, manufacturers, and technology managers find themselves continually challenged in both traditional settings and new environments by the high speed of technology innovation. It should be no surprise that as complexity increases, patient outcomes do not improve.

There are several reasons why a doctor, or a hospital system, does not adopt a new process that has been found to reduce preventable harm to patients. The prevalent underlying reason, we believe, is that decision makers are not informed. With medical journals publishing more than one million articles per year, there is no lack of information. Rather, the problem is inadequate diffusion in the patient safety healthcare environment.

How Our Work Will Make a Difference

Faced with the reality of the ongoing calamity of more than 200,000 annual deaths of Americans from preventable medical errors, the Foundation’s hallmark will be the successful diffusion of pragmatic, evidence-based, and actionable wise practices stemming from top-level research. Through focused diffusion, using multiple communications channels, our work will seek to inform and advise all stakeholders along the healthcare continuum those individuals who want to control their personal healthcare pathways and those who have the means to lead systemic changes. Our hallmark diffusion will ensure that the Foundation will make a measurable difference in the patient safety environment.

Award Recipients

BI&T Best Article

  • 2014

    “Closed-Loop Infusion Pump Integration with the EMR” by Dan C. Pettus and Tim Vanderveen. Pettus is vice president of IT and connectivity at CareFusion. Vanderveen is vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence.

    Infusion Coalition

BI&T Best Research Paper

  • 2018

    “Continuous Surveillance of Sleep Apnea Patients in a Medical-Surgical Unit,” by a team from Virtua Health and Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.

    Opioid Coalition

  • 2017

    “Use of Monitor Watchers in Hospitals: Characteristics, Training, and Practices,” Marjorie Funk, a professor at the Yale University School of Nursing; Halley Ruppel, a PhD student at the Yale University School of Nursing; Nancy Blake, director of critical care services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and JoAnne Phillips, manager of quality and patient safety for Penn Homecare and Hospice Services. The paper surveyed the use and potential impact of monitor watchers in hospitals.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2016

    “Effect of Altering Alarm Settings: A Randomized Controlled Study” by a clinical team at John Hopkins in Baltimore. This team looked at the relationship between the number of alarm signals and staff responsiveness. The study itself demonstrated how a hospital could develop a controlled study to obtain outcome data related to altering patient monitoring alarm settings.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2015

    “Video Methods for Evaluating Physiologic Monitor Alarms and Alarm Responses,” written by a team of 11 from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  The authors ae Christopher P. Bonafide, Miriam Zander, Christian Sarkis Graham, Christine M. Weirich Paine, Whitney Rock, Andrew Rich, Kathryn E. Roberts, Margaret Fortino, Vinay M. Nadkarni, Richard Lin, and Ron Keren.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2013

    Maria Cvach, assistant director of nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, for her paper “Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review.”

    Alarm Coalition

AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award

The AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award – This award honors 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 AAMI Foundation & ITHC Clinical Solution Award Winners:

  • 2019 – JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CNS, CPPS
  • 2018 – Bebbe Healthcare Multidisciplinary Team
  • 2017 – Regenstrief National Center for Medical Device Informatics (REMEDI) Infusion Pump Collaborative Project Team
  • 2016 – James Piepenbrink
  • 2015 – Texas Children’s Hospital Alarm Management Team
  • 2014 – Robert D. Butterfield
  • 2013 – Lancaster General Hospital and Hospira
  • 2013 – Monitor Research Team, Children’s National Medical Center
  • 2011 – James P. Welch and George T. Blike, MD
  • 2010 – Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FHIMSS
  • 2009 – Julian M. Goldman, MD
  • 2006 – Thomas M. Judd, CCE
  • 2005 – Antonio Hernandez

AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award

The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award – This award—honoring the late humanitarian Robert Morris—recognizes individuals or organizations whose humanitarian efforts have applied healthcare technology to improving global human conditions.

The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award Winners:

  • 2019 – William Gentile, PhD, CCE
  • 2018 – Robert M.S. Dickinson
  • 2017 – Adriana Velazquez Berumen
  • 2016 – Roy Morris, CBET
  • 2015 – Robyn W. Frick, CCE
  • 2014 – Ismael Cordero
  • 2013 – Edward P. Myers, Jr.
  • 2012 – Billy Teninty, CBET
  • 2011 – James Wear, PhD
  • 2010 – Thomas Judd, MS, CCE
  • 2010 – Brad Carrott
  • 2009 – J. Tobey Clark, CCE
  • 2008 – Yadin David, EdD, CCE, PE, HCSP
  • 2007 – Louis W. Schonder, CBET
  • 2006 – Robert Pagett
  • 2005 – David Harrington
  • 2004 – Alfred Jakniunas
  • 2003 – George I. Johnston, CCE
  • 2002 – Herman R. Weed, PE
  • 2001 – Robert Morris, CCE, PE

AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award

The AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award – This is AAMI’s most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.

Winners of the Laufman-Greatbatch Award:

  • 2019 – Christi D. Blackwell, BSN RN-BC; Lawana Bryan, RN; Carol Means, RN; Tim Rausch, RN; Tina Hayes, RN; Penny Robertson, RN; and Christina Van Den Handel, RN
  • 2018 – Lauren C. Thompson, PhD
  • 2017 – Victoria Hitchins, PhD
  • 2016 – Ary L. Goldberger, MD; Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD; and George Moody
  • 2015 – Masakazu Tsuzuki, MD, PhD
  • 2014 – Matthew B. Weinger, MD
  • 2013 – Carl Bruch, PhD
  • 2012 – David Bates
  • 2011 – Timothy Vanderveen, PharmD
  • 2010 – Neal E. Fearnot, PhD
  • 2009 – Forrest M. Bird, MD
  • 2008 – Jack Harrington
  • 2007 – Willis A. Tacker, Jr., MD, PhD
  • 2006 – Nathaniel Sims, MD
  • 2005 – Maynard Ramsey, III, MD, PhD
  • 2004 – Dr. George J. Magovern, Sr., MD
  • 2003 – David Hood, Steve Alexander, Matthew Hanson, Todd Kneale, and Terry Domae
  • 2002 – David E. Flinchbaugh, PhD, PE
  • 2001 – Huntly D. Millar
  • 2000 – Thomas Fogarty, MD
  • 1999 – Adrian Kantrowitz, MD
  • 1998 – Earl E. Bakken
  • 1997 – Alan  Berson, PhD
  • 1996 – John G. Webster, PhD
  • 1995 – John Watson, PhD
  • 1994 – Robert Arzbaecher, PhD
  • 1993 – Craig J. Hartley, PhD
  • 1992 – Otto Herbert Schmitt, PhD
  • 1991 – Allen Latham, Jr.
  • 1989 – Paul C. Lauterbur, PhD
  • 1988 – Michel Mirowski, MD
  • 1987 – Leslie A. Geddes, ME, PhD
  • 1985 – Dwight E. Harken, MD
  • 1984 – Clarence Dennis
  • 1983 – Charles A. Mistretta, PhD
  • 1982 – Wilson Greatbatch, PE
  • 1981 – Reginald C. Eggleton
  • 1980 – Martin H. Wilcox
  • 1979 – Norman J. Holter, DSc
  • 1978 – Godfrey N. Hounsfield
  • 1977 – Willem Johan Kolff, MD, PhD
  • 1976 – Robert F. Rushmer, MD
  • 1975 – Barouh V. Berkovits

AAMI Foundation Board of Directors – 2019 Officers

Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Eamonn Hoxey PhD, FR PharmS
E V Hoxey Ltd

Janet Prust
Director, Standards and Global Business Development

Robert Jensen
President & CEO

Tim Vanderveen
Independent Consultant

Matthew Weinger, MD, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Lawrence Hertzler
Senior Vice President

Ralph Basile
Vice President

AAMI Foundation Staff

Steve Campbell
Executive Director

James Piepenbrink
Deputy Executive Director