The ECRI Institute's Health Devices Group engineering manager, Erin M. Sparnon, MEng, will be honored with the 2014 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award. The award recognizes leadership in implementing and promoting alliances between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.
Sparnon was chosen because of her work as an advocate for patient safety in health IT and medical device integration, according to a release. This includes her efforts to evaluate and analyze safety reports on IT-based medical technologies, her participation in clinical engineering and IT communities and her integral role on several standards-based committees for health IT and medical device integration.
Sparnon also helped establish health IT research priorities and protocols for ECRI Institute's collaborative program, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a private sector initiative with the overarching goal of advancing the safety and safe use of health IT to improve patient care.
Sparnon will receive the reward at the HIMSS annual conference in April in Chicago.