Organizations of Interest


Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) 

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.


Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering (WIHSE) 

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. 

Improve PICC 

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. 


Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) 

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. 


Medical Device Industry Consortium (MDIC) 

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.


Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIDH) 

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.  



Publications of Interest


Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: November 2009, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 476-478. Revisiting To Err Is Human a Decade Later. Bogner, MS. [PubMed]

Crit Care Nurse. 2012 Aug;32(4):60-8. Medical devices and patient safety. Mattox E1. [PubMed]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. June 2013. 34(6):615-618. Safety-Engineered Devices in 2012: The Critical Role of Healthcare Workers in Device Selection. Jagger, J and Perry, J. [PubMed] 

IEE Explore. 2013. Why don’t engineers and clinicians talk the same language – and what to do about it. Wyatt, J. [Link]

Healthcare IT News. March 16, 2015. Nurses blame interoperability woes for medical errors. McCann, E. [Link] 

Harris Poll. WestHealth. March 2015. Missed Connections: A Nurses Survey on Interoperability and Improved Patient Care. [Link] 

Nursing2106. August 2016. 46(8):63-65. Simple steps to reduce medication errors. Chu, R. [Link] 

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2007 Winter;23(1):131-7. Benefits of and barriers to involving users in medical device technology development and evaluation. Shah SG1, Robinson I [PubMed]

Jones, P.H. (2013). Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience. New York: Rosenfeld Media. [Link]

Do It By Design: An Introduction to Human Factors in Medical Devices (draft), Rockville, MD, FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, 1996. [Link]

Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2016 Mar;7(1):1-6. Epub 2016 Feb 8. Clinical Immersion and Biomedical Engineering Design Education: "Engineering Grand Rounds". Walker M 3rd1, Churchwell AL2 [PubMed]

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. Vol. 4 No. 2. The FDA and the Regulation of Medical Device Innovation: A Problem of Information, Risk, and Access. Grennan, M and Town, R. [Link] 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contract No. HHS23320095635. February 2016. The Impact of Reimbursement Policies and Practices on Healthcare Technology Innovation. Bruen, B, Docteur, E, Lopert, R, Cphen, J, DiMasi, J, Dor, A, Neumann, P, DeSantis, R, Shih, C. [Link] 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Statement. November 26, 2018. Transformative new steps to modernize FDA’s 510(k) program to advance the review of the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. Gottlieb, S and Shuren, J. [Link] 

International Futures Forum. Transformative Innovation in Healthcare. Accessed 01JAN2019. [Link]

Ann Fam Med. 2014 Nov; 12(6): 573–576. doi: 10.1370/afm.1713 From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider. Bodenheimer, T and Sinsky, C [PubMed]

J Nurs Adm. 2007 Dec;37(12):558-63. Achieving quality and fiscal outcomes in patient care: the clinical mentor care delivery model. Burritt JE1, Wallace P, Steckel C, Hunter A. [PubMed]

Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jul-Aug;28(4): Epub 2009 Jun 12. The role of nurses in improving hospital quality and efficiency: real-world results. Needleman J1, Hassmiller S. [PubMed]

Am J Crit Care. 2010 Nov;19(6):500-9. Strategies used by critical care nurses to identify, interrupt, and correct medical errors. Henneman EA1, Gawlinski A, Blank FS, Henneman PL, Jordan D, McKenzie JB. [PubMed]

J Nurs Adm. 2010 Mar;40(3):109-14. Nurse-driven programs to improve patient outcomes: transforming care at the bedside, integrated nurse leadership program, and the clinical scene investigator academy. Kliger J1, Lacey SR, Olney A, Cox KS, O'Neil E. [PubMed]

J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Jan-Mar;27(1):56-62. The clinical scene investigator academy: the power of staff nurses improving patient and organizational outcomes. Lacey SR1, Olney A, Cox KS. [PubMed]

J Biomed Inform. 2015 Jun;55:218-30. Epub 2015 May 6. A concept ideation framework for medical device design. Hagedorn TJ1, Grosse IR2, Krishnamurty S3. [PubMed]

J Prof Nurs. 2016 Jul-Aug;32(4):300-5. Epub 2016 Jan 12. Strengthening the Role of Nurses in Medical Device Development. Castner J1, Sullivan SS2, Titus AH3, Klingman KJ4. [PubMed]

OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 21, No. 3, Manuscript 3. (September 30, 2016). Registered Nurses Leading Innovative Changes. Thomas, T.W., Seifert, P.C., Joyner, J.C. [PubMed]

Implementation Science (2016) 11:97 External facilitators and interprofessional facilitation teams: a qualitative study of their roles in supporting practice change. Lessard et al.  [Link]

Front. Public Health 5:27. Enabling Continuous Quality Improvement in Practice: The Role and Contribution of Facilitation. Harvey G and Lynch E (2017)  [PubMed]