Announcing the ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award

Ken Fuchs, MBA, MEng, has been named the recipient of the 2020 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award.

This award recognizes leadership in promoting and implementing synergies between the clinical engineering and information and technology professions with contributions either professional or technical in nature.

Fuchs is the Senior Standards Consultant at Draeger Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic medical devices such as patient monitoring, ventilation, anesthesia and warming therapy systems. He is currently responsible for coordination of Draeger Medical’s participation in U.S. and International standards development activities. He is also personally active in medical device clinical as well as interoperability related standards. Fuchs currently serves as the chair of the IEEE 11073 Standards Committee for medical device communication, he co-chairs the AAMI MP working group for multi-parameter patient monitors, and he is involved in a number of other standards development efforts in ISO, IHE, HL7 and AAMI.

At HIMSS, Fuchs has been involved with the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase since 2005. when the first Patient Care Device demonstration was held. He was a member of the IHE USA Board of Directors as well as a PCD co-chair for a number of years. He has volunteered at the Interoperability Showcase in the past as well as for HIMSS20.

Fuchs was selected for recognition jointly by the Boards of Directors of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and HIMSS. ACCE President Ilir Kullolli said Fuchs’ vision and leadership have helped define the scope of direction for Patient Care Device Domain.

“Ken has a great passion to collaborate across disciplines and to educate users’ community in order to provide much clarity for the complex architecture of network of systems and its dependence on standards to achieve and deliver safe true interoperability,” Kullolli said. “Ken is the true embodiment of CE-IT Synergies, and we are extremely pleased he was recognized with this award.”

Fuchs will be honored Tuesday, March 10, at the Health Technology Alliance & American College of Clinical Engineering Awards Reception during HIMSS20 in Orlando, Florida. RSVP for the reception.

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