VERC has four centers nationwide that serve as collaborations between VA professionals, healthcare programs, and academic programs, such as, business, engineering, psychology, and medicine. The centers are places that facilitate innovative solutions to healthcare delivery challenges. The intent is then to integrate systems engineering principles across the VA delivery system.
WIHSE is an organization formed at the University of Wisconsin Madison. It is a research initiative out of the College of Engineering. Its purpose is to be a place where healthcare practitioners, scientists and engineers can come together to do research and design better systems in healthcare. The have a variety of events and annual meetings. WISHE is also in the process of putting together an industry consortium to transform healthcare through engineering.
This website is a resource that serves as a destination for housing and communicating the most up to date research related to the use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). The organization partners with a variety of stakeholders, but excludes industry and device makers to ensure objectivity of the site. In addition to providing a centralized repository of information, the webpage contains research based evidence and an app (MAGIC) for use in real-time selection of vascular access devices.
In 2007, Dr. Claire Rickard, a professor in nursing at Griffith University in Australia, founded this group as an independent research team with the purpose of developing scientific data related to vascular access devices. The team shares its research findings and maintains a website that is dedicated to eliminating complications related to vascular access. AVATAR is one of few groups offering rigorous, independent performance evaluation of multiple commercially available catheter dressing and securement devices used in routine clinical practice. AVATAR offers partnerships with hospitals, universities, consumers, and industry and has received educational grants from several vascular access device manufacturers, but are not affiliated with any one company. The group does offer collaborative research and consultancy to industry clients.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MakerNurse was formed in 2013. MakerNurse is enabled by the MakerHealth program, a group of international trained engineers and health science technology faculty trained by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which are guided by a research foundation from MIT lab. This program brings machines, tools and materials to hospitals that allow nurses to prototype their ideas. Once formed, the program also has resources to help the prototypes be shared and implemented within healthcare settings, but the group is not an incubator for ideas. The goal is to empower nurses to create. MakerNurse maintains a website and blog where designs can be shared and highlighted.
Kidney Health Initiative (KHI)
In 2012 the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the FDA joined to form the KHI, a public-private partnership to bring together various stakeholders in healthcare that develop, deliver, and monitor patients with kidney disease. The KHI mission, to “advance scientific understanding of the kidney health and patient safety implications of new and existing medical products and to foster development of therapies for diseases that affect the kidney by creating a collaborative environment in which FDA and the greater nephrology community can interact to optimize evaluation of drugs, devices, biologics, and food products” is a welcomed interdisciplinary effort. The KHI facilitates discussions, designs clinical trials, drafts white papers, and opens lines of communication amongst stakeholders. Involvement in the KHI is open to patient, physician and professional organizations, industry, dialysis providers, research institutions, government agencies, and foundations.
In 2012, members of the medical device industry and the FDA collaborated to form a public-private partnership to advance the processes that allows medical devices to come to market more quickly, safely and economically. MDIC hosts public events, provides tools, and maintains a website in effort to connect industry, regulatory agencies, and patients. Membership is offered to those involved in the research, development, treatment, and education related to medical devices. In 2016, MDIC undertook an initiative with a grant from the FDA and formed the National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc). The purpose of the NESTcc is to support and capture real-world evidence of a medical device performance over its lifecycle. This includes real world data generated by patients, providers, and payers during clinical care and daily life. NESTcc was developed as a third-party entity to avoid conflict of interest and maintain objectivity of the data.
The NIDH was started as a non-profit association in 2010. The institute provides public events, education, mentoring, research and maintains a website to connect their members. Members include nurses, clinicians, architects, contractors, facility managers, hospital administrators, and others. Partnership is offered to both academic and professional organizations. The NIDH visions to shape the future of healthcare environments by engaging and integrated clinical expertise into design and planning processes.
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