2019 AAHIVM/INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTH CARE
HIV PRACTICE AWARD

AAHIVM is pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the 2019 AAHIVM/Institute for Technology in Health Care HIV Practice Award.  We will be granting one $25,000 award in recognition of the innovative use of technology in the HIV care setting.  Applications due by February 1, 2019.

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.

HISTORY OF THE AWARD

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 $25,000 unrestricted cash award, 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.

THE AWARDS COMMITTEE

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
Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus
New Haven, Connecticut

Dennis Myers, MSN, FNP, AAHIVS
Evansville Multi-Specialty Clinic
Evansville, IN

Richard Prokesch, MD, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS – CHAIR
AAHIVM Board of Directors
Infectious Diseases Associates
Riverdale, Georgia

James Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, AAHIVP
AAHIVM Board of Directors
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California

DEFINITION OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

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.

CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD

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.
  • The selected candidate/s will also present their innovative technology at a professional conference.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the award, please download the application by clicking HERE and following the submission directions on the top of the application form.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

If you have additional questions about the award or the application process, please contact Ken South at kens@aahivm.org or 301-461-4516.

PAST AWARDEES

Click HERE to view the videos of past winners.

Click HERE to learn more about 2018’s award winner.

Click HERE to learn more about 2017’s award winner.