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Arab Health Awards 2014 Honor the Regionâ€™s Exceptional Healthcare Leaders | Business Corner Magazine (English)
The judges included Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, Health Management and Policy, American University of Beirut, Accreditation Canada; Dr. Joel J. Nobel, Founder and President Emeritus, ECRI; Dr Lena Low, Acting Chief Executive, The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards; Ashraf Ismail, Managing Director, Middle East International Office, Joint Commission International; Jan Schmitz-Huebsch, Director for Business Development & Projects, Munich Health Daman Holding.
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Joel J. Nobel, MD
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Joel J. Nobel, M.D.Founder and President Emeritus
Joel Nobel, M.D.
Joel J. Nobel, M.D. Founder and President Emeritus
...Joel Nobel is the founder of ECRI, currently known as ECRI Institute, a U.S.â€‘based nonprofit nongovernmental organization engaged in health services research.He
Institute's overall policies and programs, such as its healthcare technology assessment, product evaluation, risk management, and technical assistance services for the health community.He
created the concepts and operating plans for Health Devices, Health Devices Alerts, the Health Devices Sourcebook, the Healthcare Product Comparison System (HPCS), and many other ECRI
also developed ECRI
Institute's international programs and its related World Health Organization (WHO) activities. ECRI
Institute was conceived in 1965 when, as a resident in surgery, Dr. Nobel
developed an ongoing research program in resuscitation and emergency care.ECRI
Institute's development was intensified when Dr. Nobel
completed military service in 1968 and became ECRI Institute's
fullâ€‘time scientific director.In 1978, he became president and was elected to the Board of Trustees.Dr. Nobel has been the principal investigator for a number of federal-, state-, and foundationâ€‘funded research and demonstration projects.He
has published more than 170 scientific papers and book chapters related to emergency medical services, healthcare technology, medical device safety, risk management, biomedical engineering, and hospital design.He
has also lectured extensively on these and other subjects in 29 countries.
In 1968, supported by a federal demonstration grant, he
conceived and implemented the Hospital Emergency Command System in three test hospitals.It provided instantaneous and simultaneous mobilization and control of telecommunications, emergency equipment, elevators, and pagers of key personnel to respond to resuscitation and other life-threatening emergencies.He
also developed a unique, federally funded, cardiopulmonary resuscitation research program and evaluated all related equipment on the market.His
1969 report showed that 9 of the 18 models of resuscitators sold in the United States were ineffective, and their manufacturers withdrew them from the marketplace.
In 1970, Dr. Nobel
conceived a formal program, modeled after Consumer Reports, to evaluate competing brands and models of medical equipment used by hospitals, and he
developed the testing laboratories and staff needed.Health Devices
Institute's monthly journal began publication in April 1971 and continues to serve the health community more than three decades later with comparative evaluations of a wide range of medical products and investigative reports of hazardous equipment and harm to patients.Joel Nobel
wrote the first published protocol for management of medical equipment, operation of clinical engineering departments, and accident investigation and provided model record-keeping systems.It was published in the July 1971 issue of Health Devices
also introduced the concept and application of life cycle cost analysis to medical equipment procurement.
In 1973, Dr. Nobel
began development of ECRI
Institute's Universal Medical Device Nomenclature Systemâ€"the first effort to implement a worldwide common language for medical technology.That system is in use by more than 5,000 institutions in more than 60 nations, was adopted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine
for its Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), and was adopted by the European Union
as its interim system and as the substrate for the Global Medical Device Nomenclature.
In 1974 supported by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, he
Shared Services in response to several state hospital associations that wished to support their member hospitals' need for biomedical engineering services.Ten regional centers on the East Coast served 143 hospitalsâ€"one of the largest programs in the United States.
In 1976, Dr. Nobel
conceived and began publication of Health Devices Alertsâ€"an extensive worldwide database of medical product defects and problems and, in 1977, created the Health Devices Sourcebook, a directory of medical device and equipment suppliers and their products sold in North America.
In 1985, Dr. Nobel
initiated an international working group to exchange information and undertake joint studies with directors from six European laboratories that also evaluated medical equipment.Dr. Nobel
has a special interest in international health issues, has traveled to more than 70 countries, and works closely with ministries of health, health organizations, and hospitals worldwide.
In 1986, supported by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, Dr. Nobel
Institute's first technology assessment program.Its continuing development has brought ECRI
Institute an extraordinary international reputation for excellence in this challenging multidisciplinary arena and led to designation of ECRI Institute
as an evidence-based practice center by the federal government.
In 1988, Dr. Nobel
was invited by WHO
to apply for special Collaborating Center status for ECRI
Institute, and ECRI Institute
has since fulfilled a growing international role.He
directed the establishment of offices in the United Kingdom (1996) to serve Europe, in Malaysia (1997) to serve the Southeast Asia-Western Pacific region, and in Dubai (1999) to serve the Arabic nations.In 1992, Dr. Nobel directed a unique project on technology assessment; planning, procurement, and management of medical equipment; and clinical laboratory and radiological quality assurance practices for the Ministry of Health of Turkey.
The project, which also produced an essential equipment list system and acquisition priorities for 4,500 different medical products, was a prototype for the health systems of other developing countries and led him to develop similar projects in Bahrain, Oman, and other nations.The success of these projects led him to press development of ECRI
Institute's medical equipment planning services and related software, now well proven in a series of projects in several nations for new hospitals and major renovations.
In 1997, he
developed a project to monitor the quality of work undertaken by private contractors for the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.This was followed by projects in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, and additional projects in Malaysia.That same year, the Institution of Engineers of Australia selected Dr. Nobel
for its Eminent Speaker Program and a five-city speaking tour.In 2003 he was appointed Chairman of the Arab Health Awards Program, an annual event in Dubai.
Between 1968 and 2006 Dr. Nobel
directly participated in hundreds of consulting projects, often as the project leader.Among these projects have been hospital and clinic development programs in various countries in which he
undertook feasibility studies, prepared project briefs and worked closely with architects, consulting engineers, equipment planners and interior designers in the schematic and design development phases.Much of his
work has been focused on design review of facility drawings and design and development of critical care units.
Under Dr. Nobel's
Institute grew to a full-time staff of 250, which has served thousands of hospitals, health systems, government health agencies, and others in scores of countries.In the management arena, Joel Nobel
put in place processes and standards that came far later in most other organizations.A few examples include a prohibition on smoking throughout ECRI
Institute facilities in 1968 and an on-site day care center in 1970.In 1971, Joel Nobel
also crafted uniquely tough conflict-of-interest rules for ECRI
Institute and all its employees to protect the organization's reputation for scientific and business integrityâ€"rules that are, even today, tougher than any other institution's.In employment contracts, he
made employees personally liable for the financial consequences if, as individuals, they were the cause of a sexual harassment suit against the institution.
In 2007 Joel Nobel
received the first Annual Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Villanova UniversityDr. Nobel
has testified before the U.S. Congress
on proposed legislation, ranging from national telecommunications policy to medical device regulation, and has served as a consultant to many federal, voluntary, and international agencies as well as scores of ministries and departments of health and hospitals.Among them have been the American Heart Association
, American Hospital Association
, American Society for Quality Control
, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
, Foreign Policy Research Institute
, Interâ€‘Society Commission on Heart Disease Resources
, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
, U.S. National Institutes of Health
, National War College
Administration, and the World Health Organization