AAHIVM is pleased to annouce that we are now taking applications for the 2018 AAHIVM/Institute for Technology in Health Care HIV Practice Award. We will be granting one $27,000 award in recognition of the innovative use of technology in the HIV care setting. Applications due by February 1, 2018.
The goal of this award is to acknowledge persons who have created, adapted and/or used innovative technology in their HIV practice and to share that technological knowledge with others in the practice of HIV medicine to improved patient care.
Special consideration will be given to those organizations who can describe the technology used to enhance their clients’ adherence to treatment plans and/or prevention efforts.
This award is not a grant for start-up programs, but is given in recognition of proven uses of technology in the daily operation of an HIV practice.
The use of technology in medicine has been growing exponentially over the last decade and will continue to do so. 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. Potential applications in HIV care are extensive and growing.
Given these advances, in the Fall of 2010, the Institute for Technology in Health Care (ITHC), a small foundation located in Washington, DC, approached the Academy to gage interest in partnering with them to help acknowledge and encourage innovative technologies in HIV care. It is a fitting partnership, as ITHC is interested in stimulating innovative projects that use technology from any field to benefit health and the AAHIVM Members are the front-line practitioners in HIV care.
The Academy accepted this challenge and 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.
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.
To ensure the award applications are well vetted by a diverse and experience panel, the Academy has created an awards committee made up of Academy physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, national board members and at least one non-AAHIVM member.
The awards committee includes:
Marjorie Golden, MD, AAHIVS
AAHIVM Board of Directors
Hospital of Saint Raphael
New Haven, Connecticut
Dennis Myers, MSN, FNP, AAHIVS
Evansville Multi-Specialty Clinic
Richard Prokesch, MD, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS – CHAIR
AAHIVM Board of Directors
James Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, AAHIVE
Western University of Health Sciences
The Awards 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.
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: