2018 Advocacy Award Winners
ACCE 2018 Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award
The award is given to an individual who has written articles, given presentations, or led efforts that have advanced the field of CE – particularly in promoting the profession to people in other related fields
Alan Lipschultz, PE, CCE, FACCE, CSP, CPPS
The winner is Alan Lipschultz, CCE, FACCE, for his efforts to promote the CE role over many decades.
Alan has been a long-time leader in the field of clinical engineering. Alan was the Director of Clinical Engineering for 15 years at Waterbury Hospital in CT, and then the Director of Clinical Engineering for 22 years at Christiana Care Health System in DE. For the past 7 years he has been the President of HealthCare Technology Consulting LLC as an expert witness in legal cases and clinical engineering consulting; and also doing volunteer work with a focus on clinical engineering, patient safety and medical device standards.
During his career, Alan has always been very active in AAMI serving in a variety of roles including: Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Standards Board, charter member of the Technology Management Council, BI&T Editorial Board, Maintenance Practices Task Force, Alarm Safety and BI&T author. Alan is both a charter member of ACCE and an ACCE Fellow; since 2012 he has also served on the ACCE Board of Directors. For over forty years he has also represented AAMI and clinical engineering on the NFPA’s Medical Equipment Technical Committee responsible for NFPA-99.
ACCE 2018 Challenge Award
This award honors individuals who are not presently an ACCE member, but are eligible for membership, for their achievements within the field of clinical engineering (CE) / health technology management (HTM)
Riad Farah, B.E. CHTM
The Award winner is Riad Farah, B.E., CHTM.
Riad Farah, B.E. CHTM, is the Medical Engineering Manager at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center (SGHUMC) of Beirut, Lebanon. SGHUMC is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Balamand. It is a pioneer private hospital in Lebanon and among the top ones in the Middle East.
Riad started his career in 1991 as a service field engineer, then a sales manager, before switching to purchasing. He was then promoted in 1998 to establish the Medical Engineering department at SGHUMC. He has also been assigned as construction project coordinator. These promotions proved his competency in clinical engineering (CE) and dedication to his job. He leads 15 staff covering all categories of medical equipment.
Beyond his daily role at SGHUMC, Riad has actively promoted CE in Lebanon and Middle East in several ways. He has participated as an expert in the development of the standards for Lebanese National Hospital Accreditation and for Hospital Architecture. He represents the Order of Hospitals in Lebanon, member of the Lebanese Institute of Norms and Standards (LIBNOR), Lead Assessor by the European Union (QUALEB), performs quality surveys at various Lebanese hospitals, and provides consultation to numerous hospital projects in Lebanon, Middle East and Africa.
Equally important, Riad has been teaching CE/HTM and hospital Architecture for more than 17 years, in several prestigious universities in the Middle East (GUST Kuwait) and in Lebanon. He also guided several master’s thesis related to HTM. Riad also presented in many international conferences, including WHO conference in Geneva, IFMBE 2nd ICEHTMC in Brazil, and Arab CE Bioclinic2 in Beirut.
Riad earned his B.E from the American University of Beirut, awarded over 33 international certifications.
ACCE/HTF 2018 Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award
The award will be given to an individual who has excelled in the "safety" area related to the CE field. This is a joint Award between ACCE and the Healthcare Technology Foundation
Erin Sparnon, MEng
The Award winner is Erin Sparnon, MEng for her substantial contributions to patient safety.
Erin has been a Senior Project Engineer and Engineering Manager with ECRI Institute since 2002, where she’s built a career as an advocate for medical device safety, enthusiastic committee volunteer, and translator between clinical and technical experts in the areas of medical device integration and HIT safety.
Erin currently leads a team of engineers and analysts in the testing and evaluation of medical devices as well as accident and forensic investigations involving device failures. She has spoken on infusion safety technologies and medical device integration at national conferences hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), as well as provided training in Ghana and Hong Kong for local biomedical and clinical engineers. She contributed research to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, co-authoring a landmark survey analysis of safety events related to the electronic health record (EHR). This study received national attention as one of the first large-scale surveys of EHR-related risks and hazards, and is being revisited this year to provide an updated survey of the EHR safety landscape.
ACCE 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards
This award is the highest award given by ACCE. It will be given to an individual based on life-long accomplishments and contributions to the clinical engineering (CE) profession.
Mark E. Bruley, EIT, CCE, FACCE
The 2018 Lifetime Award winner is Mark E. Bruley, EIT, CCE, FACCE.
Mark joined ECRI (now ECRI Institute) in 1975 when it was a small group of pioneers under the leadership of the late Dr. Joel Nobel. He had just graduated from the Biomedical Engineering Technology program at Temple University and passed his EIT exam. Once at ECRI, he focused his work for the next 42 years on patient safety related to medical devices. Recently retired from full time work at ECRI, he continues to consult for them.
Mark became an internationally renowned medical device accident investigator, working with clinicians to curb the aftermath of serious accidents. Recognized as a leading world expert on surgical fires and a tireless advocate for their elimination, he has researched, investigated, published, and lectured on the causes and prevention of this continuing hazard.
In 1998 and again in 2016, in response to FDA’s request for comments on Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers, Mark provided in formal comments to FDA and in testimony, the only evidence-based analysis of medical device related accidents caused by refurbishing, reconditioning, servicing, etc., demonstrating that there is no evidence of a patient safety issue related to such activities.
Mark’s patient safety work more broadly addressed national healthcare policy issues in 2000 when he presented invited testimony on “The Research Agenda for Errors with Healthcare Technology” at the First National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety sponsored by the U.S. Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington, DC. In 2004, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Postmarket Surveillance of Pediatric Medical Devices at the National Academy of Sciences.
His publications on healthcare technology and related patient safety and clinical/biomedical engineering issues number more than 165, including journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. The Joint Commission, state departments of health, the FDA, standards committees, professional societies, and foreign governments have relied on Mark for his expertise for decades. He has lectured or taught on healthcare technology topics at more than 300 domestic and international venues. His international engagements have taken him to Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, England, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.
Mark served two terms as a member of the ACCE Board of Examiners and has been active in many AAMI committees over the years. Awards recognizing Mark’s work include the ACCE / HTF Marvin Shepherd Devteq Patient Safety Award (2003), the Institute of Electrical/Electronics Engineers (Philadelphia Chapter) Benjamin Franklin Key Award (2007 and 2013), and the AAMI & Becton Dickinson Patient Safety Award (2014).
Mark is a member and past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), was inducted into the IBM Order of Merlin in 2009, and is delighted be generally regarded as the de facto “Magician in Residence” for the clinical engineering community.
ACCE 2018 Professional Achievement in Management Award/Managerial Excellence Award
The award will be given to an individual for his/her contributions to the CE profession of a managerial nature, such as a paper of significance, solving of a problem or issue for the profession, or the application of new techniques to CE with measurable positive results.
Rabeh Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET
The award winner is Rabeh Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET.
Dr. Hijazi has been in the field for over 10 years, dedicating his time and effort to improving healthcare technology operations and enhancing the profession. He is an active ACCE member volunteering on numerous committees as well as an active AAMI member.
Upon transitioning to the Detroit VA Medical Center, the Biomedical Engineering metrics for preventive maintenance (PM) were below 80%. Working tirelessly, he changed and redesigned the entire PM program; shifting to an Alternate Equipment Maintenance Program (AEM) and also wrote up specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) and job instructions sheets (JIS) that his staff followed. He also worked closely engaging his employees to obtain their input and come up with best practices and solutions to further operate more efficiently. As a result of these changes his PM numbers have been 100% completion with 30 days for FY16, FY 17, and continuing into FY 18.
His biomedical engineering department is a top performer in VHA. Dr. Hijazi has also presented strategies to help other sites improve their metrics.
ACCE 2018 Antonio Hernandez International Clinical Engineering Award
The award recognizes a CE professional from a country where CE is emerging who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of CE in his/her own country or, a professional from another country for their similar efforts in supporting this advance.
Bassam Tabshouri, BSEE, MSEE
The winner is Bassam Tabshouri, BSEE, MSEE, for his dedicated and remarkable contribution to Clinical Engineering in Lebanon and region.
Bassam is the Director of Medical Engineering at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Founded in 1866 AUB by US missionaries and chartered in the state of NY, AUB and its Medical Center have played a leading role in Lebanon and the Middle East.
This has put a lot of challenges on the Medical Engineering Department (founded 1968) on Bassam who joined it in 1978 in supporting the operation during war years and later in attending to international standards like JCI, CAP, MAGNET, JC, ISO, ACR.
During the long years of his career at AUB, he gave lectures and courses in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering. Recently, he is assisting in the MS/ PhD program for Biomedical Engineering at AUB.
Since 1992, he focused on medical technology management and transfer and he gave many lectures and participated in organizing conferences on these subjects in Lebanon, Egypt, KSA, Jordan. In addition, he attended, gave presentations and was invited as a keynote speaker, in multiple conferences related to medical technology, all around the world.
Providing proper technology management and transfer in support of high international standards in education, research and patient care in a cost-effective manner is at the core focus of Bassam. In this process, he always emphasizes the interaction/ impact of the technology with/on the scientific, cultural, social, economic, and environmental contexts it is used in.
Although initially the services of Medical Engineering were for the Medical Center, he expanded them to cover the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering. Some support is also being given to the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences of the American University of Beirut.
His work also included founding committees and developing mechanisms for Technology Review/ Assessment within AUBMC and the Faculty of Medicine.
His services and consultations extended to the Lebanese Government, Italian Government, European Community, National Guard Hospitals in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN/ WHO (in Iraq), the Lebanese Syndicate of Hospitals, and national and regional institutions for newly proposed medical centers.
A couple of years ago, he founded the “Healthcare Technology Management and Transfer Committee” (HTMA) of the Lebanese Healthcare Management Association (LHMA) and is working closely with Banque Du Liban (Central Bank) towards having Lebanon as a hub for innovation in healthcare technologies.
ACCE / HTF 2018 International Organization Award
This Award is given to the organization outside the United States and Canada that has demonstrated significant improvements in clinical engineering/health technology management (CE/HTM) structure and/or outcomes in their respective country after receiving educational and collaborative support from ACCE and its partners (including WHO, IFMBE, PAHO, and others). This award is sponsored by the Healthcare Technology Foundation.
Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ)
The winner is Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) - India. The award was given as Medical device manufacturing in India is struggling despite huge and rapidly growing domestic demand. The various factors driving the demand of medical devices in India are growing and ageing population, increasing disease burden of chronic diseases, increasing health insurance penetration and growing medical tourism. Hence, to meet the rising demand, India is heavily dependent on import of medical devices. In addition to growing demand, lack of domestic manufacturing is another major reason for the import dependency and high cost of medical products and services in India. To focus on addressing these challenges, the government of Andhra Pradesh (India) established country's first 270-acre medical technology manufacturing park i.e., “Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone” (AMTZ).
AMTZ, India's first dedicated medical device manufacturing zone - is a flagship program under the `Make in India' initiative to build and nurture the medical device ecosystem in India. The AMTZ value proposition includes R&D support, avenues for technology transfer, world class infrastructure, regulatory support and access to local as well as global demand. The zone provides manufacturers with capital intensive state-of-art scientific facilities at a very low cost thus reducing the cost of manufacturing which will help in reducing the overall cost of healthcare delivery not just in India but globally. AMTZ was incorporated in April 2016 and the foundation stone laid in August 2016
The efforts had been led by Dr. Jitendar Sharma, who had participated the 2015 ACCE’s ACEW in Denver and Toronto; and the 2015 ICEHTMC in China.
ACCE CE-HTM Champion 2018 Award
This Award is given to a health delivery system leader - typically a physician - who has championed CE and Health Technology Management-HTM in a manner that has significantly enhanced the status of the profession either in the U.S. and/or around the world.
Sue Schade, MBA, LCHIME, FCHIME, FHIMSS
The 2018 CE- HTM Champion Award winner is Sue Schade, MBA, LCHIME, FCHIME, FHIMSS
Sue Schade, MBA, LCHIME, FCHIME, FHIMSS, is a principal at Starbridge Advisors and has served as the CIO at four healthcare systems over the past 18 years including Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and most recently Stony Brook Medicine in Setauket, NY. She is highly respected as a leader in health IT, having received the prestigious CHIME/HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award in 2014.
Sue has been a longtime supporter of the Clinical Engineering and Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) community. Through her blogs and speaking engagements to industry leaders, Sue has promoted the need for increased and effective collaboration between CE/HTM. She was the first CIO to be elected to AAMI’s board of directors in 2013 and currently serves on the BIT Editorial Board as well. In these roles, she has helped to ensure that CE/HTM hears from the CIO perspective on what can be done to best meet industry needs. She also uses the knowledge she gains from the CE/HTM community to better inform her CIO and C-suite colleagues about the critical contributions available from that community.
An active member of HIMSS and CHIME, Sue served on the CHIME Board from 2004 to 2006, and chaired its Education Foundation Board from 2006 to 2009. She served on the HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Steering Committee from 2009-2011 as well as the CHIME Policy Steering Committee.
She is a regular speaker and writer within the HIT industry including a weekly blog called Health IT Connect.
ACCE 2018 Student Paper Competition
The award is given to a student who has written articles, given presentations, or led efforts that have advanced the field of CE – particularly in promoting the profession to people in other related fields
Bridget A Moorman, CCE, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Paper: Prototype of Medical Device Integration Knowledge Base and Expert System Queries
A medical device integration ontology and knowledge base prototype was built using Protégé. The medical device ontology focused on those medical devices’ characteristic that were important to determine if a specific medical device had networking ability, any networking transformation capability for that medical device and the sensor and setting data available from the medical device to be presented to an interface broker and/or electronic health record (EHR) application. Due to time constraints, only nine specific medical device models were included in the prototype. Due to the lack of expert system front-ends, the reasoning extension to Protégé was used to simulate an expert system query. The prototype demonstrated that the ontology and knowledge base were robust enough to meet the project requirement intent. Future considerations for a more robust prototype would entail inclusion of more specific medical device models, use of standard nomenclature terminology for class names and inclusion of location and unit ontologies.