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ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in CE-IT Synergies Award

This award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions. Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations. Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and "trailblazing" work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

For full criteria and nomination form & instructions, click here​

Award Winners

2016

Monroe PattilloMonroe Pattillo

Pattillo is an independent consultant in healthcare interoperability for alarm/event notification, equipment management, and location services using IHE Profiles.  He is a planning committee co-chair for the IHE Patient Care Device Domain, a co-lead of the ACM Working Group, and lead of the Medical Equipment Management Device Management Communication and Location Services Working Group.​

Pattillo’s leadership of the PCD domain and additional efforts to develop three profiles reflects deep technical knowledge, a commitment to improving patient care through medical device and information technologies, and dedicated time to stay current with profile developments in multiple IHE domains along with a variety of relevant standards organizations.

 “We are proud to honor Mr. Pattillo with this award. Mr. Pattillo’s many years of work creating and advancing technology for medical device and information systems interoperability exemplify the award’s goal of recognizing leadership in promoting synergies between the clinical engineering and information management disciplines. Mr. Pattillo’s leadership roles in several IHE Patient Care Device Domain areas has contributed significantly to improving interoperability, and his active roles in IHE North America Connectathons and Interoperability Showcases have allowed him to bring to life his work in front of his clinical engineering and IT colleagues. Mr. Pattillo truly is a deserving recipient of the award,” said Petr Kresta, President, ACCE. 

“Monroe’s vast experience with health information exchange, including the development of IHE profiles, makes him a valuable resource for the HIMSS community,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “His unique expertise and collaborative efforts with HIMSS, and other governing bodies in the field of interoperability have helped advance interoperability, patient safety, and medical device integration.”​ 


2015

Jennifer Jackson, MBA, CCEJennifer Jackson, MBA, CCE

​Jennifer Jackson, MBA, CCE is the Director of Clinical Engineering and Device Integration within the department of Enterprise Information Services(EIS) at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, CA. Her overall responsibilities are for the operations, strategy, and growth of the clinical engineering portfolio in effort to lead the institution in new advanced directions that address the convergence of information and medical device technology. Recent accomplishments include implementing a bidirectional communication interface between the Cedars-Sinai eMAR system and IV pumps for all adult inpatient settings, completing physiological monitoring device integration with the Cedars-Sinai EHR, and overseeing the tremendously successful transition of Clinical Engineering to the CSMC EIS department.

She is certified as a Clinical Engineer, has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College. She is the previous chair of the Medical Device and Patient Safety Task Force of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is a past president of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE).

Before coming to Cedars-Sinai, Jennifer held the position of Technical Officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where she helped lead the development of healthcare technology management resources as part of the Global Initiative on Healthcare Technologies (GIHT) program. Previously she was the assistant director of Biomedical Engineering at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  Jennifer’s key professional interests are medical device interoperability and integration, including the development of standards, governance, and support paradigms.

"Jennifer epitomizes the spirit of the 'Synergies' award. She's worked on device interoperability for about as long as I've known her. Jennifer's enthusiasm and dedication to Healthcare Technology Management and Health Care IT partnership affects those around her. She introduced me to the IHE efforts at an early showcase, which brought my analog self into the 21st century and helped me get involved. By continuing those efforts at the point of healthcare delivery, Jennifer enables the growth CE-IT synergies." - Paul Sherman, ACCE President

2014

Erin Sparnon, MEngErin Sparnon, MEng

​Erin Sparnon joined ECRI Institute in 2002, and as an Engineering Manager in ECRI Institute's Health Devices Group, Erin Sparnon leads staff in testing and evaluating medical devices, conducts accident and forensic investigations involving device failures, and provides consulting services for hospitals. She has spoken on infusion safety and medical device integration at HIMSS and AAMI, and also contributed research to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, co-authoring a landmark survey analysis of safety events related to the electronic health record (EHR). Ms. Sparnon has a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering from Penn State University and Bachelor's Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

Over the last several years, Erin has developed a tremendous amount of expertise in the area of infusion technology and focused her efforts to help make ensure industry adopts safer ways to use and deploy this technology. She is an excellent presenter and has educated countless healthcare professionals on a wide variety of topics related to safety and medical technology, particularly in the area of infusion technology and medical device connectivity. Erin especially excels in imparting her practical judgments about medical technology use throughout her very active support of IHE PCD and other standards-related efforts. I've been fortunate to work with her on ACCE activities as well as IHE PCD and the HIMSS Patient Safety Task Force and find her willingness and insight very helpful. -Paul Sherman, President, ACCE
"Erin Sparnon brings a values, patient-safety perspective voice to HIMSS discussions based on her experience and expertise in researching frontline caregiver reports of health IT safety. Her unique expertise and collaborative efforts, as HIMSS committee volunteer, has helped advance quality health IT standards, patient safety, and medical device integration."said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice-president, HIMSS.

2013

Emanuel Furst, PhD, CCEEmanuel Furst, PhD, CCE

Emanuel Furst has been a long standing member of both HIMSS and ACCE. He has worked at the committee level in ACCE, written and presented professional papers at HIMSS, ACCE, AAMI and other venues and been an active advocate of the HIMSS CE-IT SIG, which has evolved to the CE-IT Community.

Manny has advanced the professional standards embraced by ACCE and HIMSS throughout his professional life. For over 25 years, he has organized and convened an annual day-long gathering of the best and brightest minds in the clinical engineering profession to explore, debate, and shape the discourse of clinical engineering on the great problems and opportunities of our times. The product of those meetings has impacted patient safety, the direction of medical technology, and the evolution of the clinical engineering field itself. "The Manny Meetings," which has become a standing committee of AAMI, was the incubator where Clinical Engineering thought leaders initially advanced the concepts of CE-IT which led to the successful collaboration begun by ACCE and HIMSS in 2001.

"We are proud to honor Dr. Furst with this award. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to the advancement of the clinical engineering profession. His work with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Patient Care Device (PCD) domain is helping to set the standard for the next generation of clinical engineering and its relationship with health IT." - Jim Keller, President, ACCE

2012

Paul Frisch, PhD, FHIMSSPaul Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS

​Paul Frisch has 30 years of professional experience and contributions to the field; and is a long-standing member of HIMSS & ACCE. One of his research interests has been the transition of clinical devices from stand-alone to networked systems sharing and distributing information between clinical applications and devices. He has extensively researched how these devices have also moved to expand their functionality to use wireless technologies as medium for conveying this critical information.

“The American College of Clinical Engineering is very proud to support the selection of Dr. Frisch for this award.  His work is an excellent model for the new direction that practitioners of clinical engineering need to take as more and more of the technologies we work with incorporate computer-based functionality and integrate with health IT systems.  Dr. Frisch is to be commended for his forward-thinking leadership in our profession,” says Jim Keller, President of ACCE.​

"The connection and integration between clinical engineering and information technology come to the forefront with this joint ACCE-HIMSS award, as indicated by the accomplishments of this year’s recipient Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS.  All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dr. Frisch for his ongoing contributions to the Society, and specifically, to HIMSS13, where he will speak at the Clinical Engineering & IT Symposium and has already provided his expertise for one of our large, interactive exhibits,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO​.

2011

Paul Schluter, PhDPaul Schluter, PhD

Paul Schluter is the Principal Engineer for Systems Engineering in the Patient Care Solutions business segment at GE Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Paul received his BS in Engineering and Applied Physics from Caltech and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 1981. He represents GE Healthcare in several medical device connectivity standards organizations, including IEEE 11073, the HL7 Health Care Devices SIG and most recently with the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Patient Devices Domain (IHE PCD) and the Continua Health Alliance.  Paul currently chairs the IHE PCD Rosetta Terminology Mapping effort and played a pivotal role in facilitating the collaboration between the IHE and Continua regarding the development of a unified wide area network (WAN) interface for near real-time clinical and personal health device data.  

Paul has in recent years dedicated a very large proportion of his time and his considerable energies to promoting interoperability of patient care devices and IT information systems.

He has worked intensely on interoperability standards for point-of-care lab test devices, on the ISO/IEEE 11073 family of medical device communications, including major innovations in an annotated ECG nomenclature and electronic presentation that has been adopted by the FDA for data submission, HL7 standards for patient monitoring and other acute care medical devices in the HL7 Health Care Devices Working Group and in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Patient Care Device Planning and Technical Committee including the recent Implantable Device Cardiac Observation profile.

His work on unifying and stabilizing the reporting of medical device data into the electronic medical record has involved two major recent innovations by Paul: the Rosetta Terminology Mapping project, and the unification of the Continua WAN standard for personal health devices with the IHE Device Enterprise Communications​ Profile.

2010

Stephen Grimes, FACCE,  FAIMBE, FHIMSSStephen Grimes, FACCE, FAIMBE, FHIMSS

2009

Adrian Johnson, BTECH, BEPSAdrian Johnson, BTECH, BEPS

2008

Todd CooperTodd Cooper

2007

John D. Hughes Jr., MSJohn D. Hughes Jr., MS

2006

Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FACCE, FHIMSS Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FACCE, FHIMSS

2006

Ray Zambuto, CCE, MSB, FASHE, FHIMSS, FACCERay Zambuto, CCE, MSB, FASHE, FHIMSS, FACCE
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