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AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Add Two Additional Grants to Putting Patients First Program as It Celebrates 11 Years of Improving Patient Care


Program Funds Eight Grants, Including New Categories for Oncology and

Building on a decade of commitment in helping health care facilities
pursue greater patient care and safety, AHRA: The Association for
Medical Imaging Management and Canon
Medical Systems USA, Inc.
announce the 11th annual
Putting Patients First program, with two new categories. Putting
Patients First grants enable health care facilities to fund programs,
training or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety and
customizing treatment in CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and vascular imaging.
The grants are funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Canon
Medical Systems, USA.

The AHRA & Canon Medical Systems Putting Patients First program provides
six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers, and
two grants of up to $10,000 each to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)
and an imaging cybersecurity program, respectively. Two of the $7,500
grants are awarded for projects that improve pediatric imaging, two
focusing on overall diagnostic imaging and two for a new category that
targets oncology imaging. The two grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to
an IDN or hospital system for projects that improve overall patient care
and safety in imaging across the IDN/hospital system, as well as a new
category added this year for a facility that develops and strengthens an
imaging cybersecurity program. All winning facilities will then develop
and share their best practices.

"For over a decade, Putting Patients First has awarded 64 grants
totaling $620,000 to bolster progress and strengthen the quality and
efficiency of patient care for health care facilities all over the
country," said Angelic Bush, CRA, FAHRA, 2017-2018 president, AHRA: The
Association for Medical Imaging Management. "Past winners have
demonstrated a strong commitment to developing innovative solutions and
raising the highest standard of care in a constantly evolving health
care landscape."

Putting Patients First applicants are judged on their program plan and
ability to share best practices. The applicants' programs should address
one or more of the following:

  • Reducing radiation and/or contrast dose
  • Reducing the need for sedation
  • Improving communication with patients regarding the process
  • Improving patient comfort
  • Improving the overall clinical pathway

"After 11 years of providing health care facilities with the resources
they need to excel in patient care, the Putting Patients First grant is
expanding into new categories to meet rising needs for cybersecurity and
oncology programs," said Catherine Wolfe, senior director, Strategic
Communications and Market Intelligence, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.
"Cancer rates are expected to increase 68 percent by 2030* and imaging
plays an important role in diagnosis, treatment and evaluation, while
cyber threats targeting hospitals continue to increase and research has
shown that effective response to data breeches can save lives**. Health
care providers need unique programs to address both and we are excited
to expand the Putting Patients First grants to give facilities the best
line of defense to ensure patient safety and security."

All eligible facilities are encouraged to apply by completing an
application at
The deadline to apply is October 22, 2018, and the winners, selected by
the AHRA, will be announced in January 2019.

About AHRA

AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional
organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging
departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices. Founded
in 1973, AHRA's 5000+ members reach across the country and around the
world. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development
programs, including a comprehensive selection of educational conferences
and seminars, networking opportunities, award winning publications, and
the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential. More details
about AHRA are available at

About Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.

Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc., headquartered in Tustin, Calif.,
markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular
systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and interventional X-ray
equipment. For more information, visit Canon Medical Systems' website at

About Canon Medical Systems Corporation

Canon Medical Systems Corporation develops and manufactures diagnostic
imaging systems including CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray systems and
clinical laboratory systems and provides them to around 140 countries
and regions around the world, offering technology that provides faster
diagnosis and early treatment. Under the slogan "Made for Life" (Made
for Partnerships, Made for Patients, Made for You.), Canon Medical
Systems is making positive contributions toward hospital management, and
provides a range of patient-friendly healthcare systems and services,
continuing its long tradition of contributing to healthcare.

*WHO data from

** Choi, S. (2018) Vanderbilt University

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