BI&T Outstanding Articles

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Each year, the Editorial Board of AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal, BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology), honors three submissions published in the journal or its supplement, Horizons. The three award categories are:

  • Best Article
  • Best Column or Commentary
  • Best Research Paper.

Each award includes an engraved gift for each author and a check for $1,000.

For more information about the BI&T Outstanding Articles, email Joe Sheffer at or call +1 800- 332-2264, ext. 1215.

The most recent awardees are listed below:

BI&T Best Article

2018 Mike Busdicker and Pryanka Updendra, both from clinical engineering support services at Intermountain Healthcare, UT, for their article "The Role of Healthcare Technology Management in Facilitating Medical Device Cybersecurity," which appeared in the fall 2017 issue of Horizons.
2017 Shawn Jackman, the co-chair of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force and the founder and CEO of Clinical Mobility, Inc., for his article published in the fall 2016 issue of Horizons: “Dispelling Wireless Technology Myths and Developing a Roadmap for Success.
2016 ”Operationalizing Medical Device Cybersecurity at a Tertiary Care Medical Center” by Priyanka Upendra, Purna Prasad, Glenn Jones, and Harvey Fortune at Stanford Medicine in California The article is a detailed and clear “how to” case study, describing the steps and processes the team took to ensure medical device cybersecurity at a 400-bed facility.
2015 William L. Holden for his article, "Bridging the Culture Gap between Healthcare IT and Medical Fevice Development," published in the fall 2014 edition of Horizons.
2014 “Closed-Loop Infusion Pump Integration with the EMR” by Dan C. Pettus and Tim Vanderveen. Pettus is vice president of IT and connectivity at CareFusion. Vanderveen is vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence.
2013 Richard Swim, manager of clinical technology at Baylor Health Care System, for his article "Keeping Data Secure: Protected Health Information and Medical Equipment."


BI&T Best Column or Commentary

2018 "EHR Usability: Get It Right from  the Start," by a team from MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors, Washington, DC.
2017 “Reliability-Centered Maintenance: A Tool for Optimizing Medical Device Maintenance” written by Malcolm Ridgway in collaboration with two other members of AAMI’s Reliability-Centered Maintenance Committee: Matthew Clark and Cheryl Bettinardi, both clinical engineers at Advocate Health in Downers Grove, IL. Their commentary was published in the November/December 2016 issue of BI&T.
2016 “Adverse Events Do Not Happen by Accident” by Joseph Brown, a commercial airline pilot who also runs a consulting firm that specializes in applying the lessons learned in aviation to improve healthcare.
2015 Stephen L. Grimes, chief technology officer of ABM Healthcare Support Services, for "How the Industry Must Take in Stride New CMS and TJC Requirements"
2014 “How to Become a High-Performing HTM Department” by Heidi Horn, vice president of Clinical Engineering Services, SSM Health Care, MO
2013 Jeff Kabachinski, director of technical devleopment at Aramark Healthcare Technolgies, for his column "The Broad Impact of EHR Implementation."


BI&T Best Research Paper

2018 "Continuous Surveillance of Sleep Apnea Patients in a Medical-Surgical Unit," by a team from Virtua Health and Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.
2017 “Use of Monitor Watchers in Hospitals: Characteristics, Training, and Practices,” Marjorie Funk, a professor at the Yale University School of Nursing; Halley Ruppel, a PhD student at the Yale University School of Nursing; Nancy Blake, director of critical care services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and JoAnne Phillips, manager of quality and patient safety for Penn Homecare and Hospice Services. The paper surveyed the use and potential impact of monitor watchers in hospitals.
2016 “Effect of Altering Alarm Settings: A Randomized Controlled Study” by a clinical team at John Hopkins in Baltimore. This team looked at the relationship between the number of alarm signals and staff responsiveness. The study itself demonstrated how a hospital could develop a controlled study to obtain outcome data related to altering patient monitoring alarm settings.
2015 "Video Methods for Evaluating Physiologic Monitor Alarms and Alarm Responses," written by a team of 11 from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  The authors ae Christopher P. Bonafide, Miriam Zander, Christian Sarkis Graham, Christine M. Weirich Paine, Whitney Rock, Andrew Rich, Kathryn E. Roberts, Margaret Fortino, Vinay M. Nadkarni, Richard Lin, and Ron Keren.
2014 “An Estimate of Patient Incidents Caused by Medical Equipment Maintenance Omissions” by Binseng Wang, Torgeir Rui, and Salil Balar. The authors are all with Aramark Healthcare Technologies.
2013 Maria Cvach, assistant director of nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, for her paper "Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review."