Washington, DC: The American Academy of HIV Medicine is pleased to announce a new award which recognizes the implementation of innovative technology into HIV care. AAHIVM has partnered with the Institute for Technology in Health Care (ITHC) to create the AAHIVM/Institute for Technology in Health Care HIV Practice Award, which will provide two $10,000 unrestricted cash rewards to a person(s) who have created, adapted and/or used innovative technology in their HIV practice and are willing to share that technology with others to improve patient care. Applications are available on the AAHIVM website, www.aahivm.org, and will be accepted through September 30th.
“The use of technology in medicine has been growing exponentially over the last decade and will continue to do so,” stated Richard Prokesch, MD, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS, chair of the AAHIVM technology awards committee. “Technologic advances will allow enhanced quality in patient care by improving communication between heath care providers, as well as between health care providers and patients, speeding the transmission of laboratory and radiologic data and even in direct patient care by allowing remote examination and monitoring of patients.”
To recognize the importance of technology integration into HIV care, AAHIMV and the Institute for Technology in Health Care (ITHC), a foundation located in Washington, DC, established the AAHIVM/Institute for Technology in Health Care HIV Practice Award. ITHC generously contributed the two $10,000 unrestricted cash awards, to be administered by the Academy. The recipients will be recognized at the AAHIVM Annual Friends and Members Reception in conjunction with the CROI conference in Seattle, Washington in March 2012.
“This is a fitting partnership,” stated James M. Friedman, executive director of AAHIVM. “ITCH is interested in stimulating innovative projects that use technology to benefit health and our Members are the front-line practitioners in HIV care, integrating creative technology into their practices each day to better serve their patients.”
AAHIVM reached out to another partner, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). AAMI is dedicated to increasing the understanding, safety, and efficacy of medical instrumentation. This organization has been collaborating for many years with the ITHC foundation offering a similar award to their members.
The awards committee is made up of Academy physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, national board members and at least one non-AAHIVM member. The committee includes:
Richard Prokesch, MD, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS-Chair
AAHIVM Board of Directors
Private Practice, Riverdale, Georgia
Marjorie Golden, MD, AAHIVS
AAHIVM Board of Directors
Hospital of Saint Raphael
New Haven, Connecticut
Gary F. Spinner, PA, MPH, AAHIVS
Southwest Community Health Center
James Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, AAHIVE
Western University of Health Sciences
Kathryn Thiessen, NP, AAHIVS
UKSM-W Midtown, Wichita, Kansas
Almad Sajadi, MS, RAC (AAMI Representative)
Ahmad Sajadi Consulting, Poway, CA
The committee agreed upon the following definition for medical technology: Medical technology encompasses a wide range of health care products which can be used to diagnose, monitor and treat disease. Such technologies are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered, and as a direct consequence, improve patient outcomes. Technology can positively impact education, communication, access to care, timeliness of diagnosis, treatment options, and length of stay.
Over the course of the last several months the awards committee has established the award criteria and an application process. To be considered for this award, a candidate must meet all the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a licensed health care provider in the United States.
- The practice can be defined as a private practice, a hospital or university based clinic, a group practice, a community health center, HMO, or other entity that provides direct clinical care to those with HIV disease.
- There must either be at least 200 HIV patients served by the practice or 50% of a smaller practice to be eligible.
- The technology used in the practice must be accessible to other HIV practices to improve their care of patients.
- Candidates must submit a completed application form describing the technology used in their practice to be considered for the award.
- Candidates for the award must be prepared, if they are selected, to publish a paper describing the technology in a professional journal in 2012.
- The selected candidate/s will also present their innovative technology at a professional conference within 2012.
- The selected candidates for the award will be acknowledged on AAHIVM’s website, and will be featured with an article in the HIV Specialist magazine.
- Candidates may self nominate or be nominated by a colleague, with the permission of the candidate.
- AAHIVM’s Board of Directors and the members of the Technology Awards Committee are not eligible for the award.
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