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July 24, 2018

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 Cybersecurity

TUSTIN, Calif., July 24, 2018 – 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.

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** Choi, S. (2018) Vanderbilt University