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.