History of the AAMI Foundation

The AAMI Foundation was established in 1967 to recognize leaders and students in healthcare technology with awards and scholarships. In 2010, the role of the Foundation was significantly expanded. Following a Summit on Infusion Pump Safety, the co-chair of the AAMI Infusion Device Standards Committee, and Mary Logan (AAMI president) proposed efforts to make infusion devices safer and to coordinate implementation of the action plans resulting from the Infusion Summit and future summits. This was prompted by many summit participants that wanted a place to share information  and to develop strategies to improve device  safety.

Over the next several years, the Foundation’s national committees evolved into the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety (2013), and the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety (2014). These coalitions  brought more subject matter experts to the table and identified targeted concerns to address over a two-year period. In addition, The National Coalition to Promote the Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids was launched in 2014. The most recent addition to the coalition efforts was the National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology (2017).

Since 2017, the Foundation has continued national outreach for all coalition efforts to improve patient safety. As a result, materials (guidance documents, seminars, tool kits and case studies) detailing best practices from leading healthcare organizations were shared with others who are working to address the various patient safety issues at the point of care within their organizations. The Foundation staff has been working on technology-focused national initiatives that impact the point of care and on a smaller project on home infusion therapy. In March 2018 the AAMI Foundation closed out the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety and over the next several months will retire the National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids. The remaining two coalitions (National Coalition on Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology) are still active.

AAMI Foundation Board of Directors – 2019 Officers

Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM

Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Eamonn Hoxey PhD, FR PharmS
E V Hoxey Ltd

Jane Prust

Janet Prust
Director, Standards and Global Business Development

Robert Jensen
President & CEO

Sue Schade

Sue Schade
StarBridge Advisors

AAMI Foundation Board of Directors – 2018 Directors

Gerald Castro

Gerald Castro, PhD, MPH
Project Director, Patient Safety Initiatives
The Joint Commission

C. Phil Cogdill
Immediate Past Chair
Senior Director Sterilization and Microbiology QA
Medtronic, Inc.

Michael H. Scholla, PhD
Global Director Regulatory and Standards
DuPont Protection Technologies

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS
Consultant ICU Medical

Matthew B. Weinger, MS, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, DMS (HON)
Chief Quality Officer, Cook County Health and Hospitals

AAMI Foundation Staff

James Piepenbrink
Deputy Executive Director

Devon Seymour
Foundation Operations Manager

Conor Droney
Foundation Intern 

Mary K. Logan Research Awards

Applications for the 2019 Mary K. Logan Awards are now closed. The award winners will be announced in June 2019.

The AAMI Foundation supports research directed toward enhancing the safe adoption and safe use of healthcare technology. The objective is to stimulate and fund studies that will clearly improve patient safety and help to ensure that healthcare technology promotes positive patient and healthcare provider outcomes. The awards are named after Mary K. Logan, AAMI’s former president and CEO, who championed the patient safety initiatives of the AAMI Foundation.

Past Recipients

2018 Awards

Two grants went to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio for projects focused on reducing pediatric medication errors.

2017 Awards

The AAMI Foundation granted the awards to researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID, which is part of the Trinity Health System. The team from Cincinnati Children’s, led by Amanda Schondelmeyer, assistant professor of pediatrics, will focus on developing evidence- and consensus-based guidelines for the use of continuous pulse oximetry and cardiorespiratory monitoring in hospitalized children. At Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, lead investigator Melanie Wright will focus on another technology-related safety issue: alarm fatigue.

For more information, please contact info@aamifoundation.org.

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

The AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution 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:

  • 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, 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:

  • 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 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.

Laufman-Greatbatch Award Winners:

  • 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

Best of BI&T

  • 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

  • 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