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Interoperability guru Monroe Pattillo takes American College of Clinical Engineering and HIMSS award

The technical specifications developed under Patillo’s leadership are expected to make a significant impact on patient care and organizational performance.
By Bernie Monegain
02:48 PM

Monroe Pattillo will receive the 2016 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award. It’s a joint honor conferred by the American College of Clinical Engineering and HIMSS.

The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.

The organizations take into account professional and technical contributions, notably research and development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and trailblazing work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

Pattillo’s many years of work creating and advancing technology for medical device and information systems interoperability exemplify the intent behind the award, according to ACCE president Petr Kresta.

Pattillo’s leadership roles in several IHE Patient Care Device Domain areas have contributed significantly to improving interoperability, Kresta said, and his active roles in IHE North America Connectathons and Interoperability Showcases have allowed him to bring to life his work in front of his clinical engineering and IT colleagues.

“Monroe’s vast experience with health information exchange, including the development of IHE profiles, makes him a valuable resource for the HIMSS community,” added HIMSS executive vice president Carla Smith. “His unique expertise and collaborative efforts with HIMSS, and other governing bodies in the field of interoperability have helped advance interoperability, patient safety, and medical device integration.”

Pattillo is an independent consultant in healthcare interoperability for alarm/event notification, equipment management, and location services using IHE Profiles. He is a planning committee co-chair for the IHE Patient Care Device Domain, a co-lead of the ACM Working Group, and lead of the Medical Equipment Management Device Management Communication and Location Services Working Group.

Technical specifications developed with his leadership have, and will have, direct, significant impacts upon patient care and organizational performance, HIMSS and ACCE officials said.

For example, the PCD domain defines and demonstrates standards-based interoperability and makes medical device development, implementation and management less expensive and faster. It improves patient care by providing more data in a timely fashion, improving efficiency and effectiveness, and reducing transcription and use errors among other benefits.

Pattillo’s leadership of the PCD domain and additional efforts to develop three profiles reflects deep technical knowledge, a commitment to improving patient care through medical device and information technologies, and dedicated time to stay current with profile developments in multiple IHE domains along with a variety of relevant standards organizations, ACCE and HIMSS officials noted.

Pattillo will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 

HIMSS17 runs from Feb. 19-23, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.


This article is part of our ongoing coverage of HIMSS17. Visit Destination HIMSS17 for previews, reporting live from the show floor and after the conference.


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