This year’s award is presented to Jovito Gonzales, who is described by his peers
as a “compassionate and dedicated leader” and “a highly skilled technician.” Gonzales was instrumental in the launch of a new 253 bed medical center in San Diego that was touted as one of the most technologically advanced when it opened in April 2017. He provided mentorship and training to the BMETs hired for the new facility, deployed more than 7,000 pieces of medical equipment, and assisted in the deployment of new technologies and several medical device integrations.
With a background in information security, Gonzales exemplifies the skills and knowledge that
BMETs will need in order to stay relevant in the healthcare technology ecosystem. He was a member of Kaiser Permanente’s (KP’s) Compliance Action Plan Task Force, which reviewed and developed a national medical device security and privacy plan for the health system. He also travelled to several KP facilities throughout southern California to assist in the ransomware remediation of more than 4,000 devices.