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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.

Award Winners


Erin Sparnon, MEngErin Sparnon, MEng

‚ÄčErin 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
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