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Hospital systems are evolving into healthcare systems. Your risk management systems need to evolve, as well.

You've always needed to keep your patients safe every step of the way. But today, every step of the way covers a lot more ground. We can help you address your top challenges like those in our annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns. Learn more in our video about some of the topics covered in the Top 10.
 

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HRC Spectrum is an integrated risk management service designed for the new world of healthcare. Your team will have access to our unique perspective on risks in every setting and at every transition. Our team has been in your shoes and knows first-hand what it takes to ensure safety, every step of the way. No other service delivers the experience and resources that HRC Spectrum offers:

  • Physician Practices: ECRI has assessed more than 850 physician practices, and has identified major issues that can put patients at risk—things like missed and delayed diagnoses—and also some of the strategies that can help fix those issues. HRC Spectrum brings this experience to the guidance it offers across the whole program.
  • Discharge Processes: More than a third of events related to care coordination occurred during or after the discharge process, based on events reported to ECRI Institute PSO. These events often involve processes like medication reconciliation. HRC Spectrum can help risk managers hone in on those vulnerabilities and work across the whole system to make improvements.
  • Aging Services: ECRI's experience with aging services providers around the country has confirmed that risk managers have to work with each other and with colleagues in other settings to effectively ensure the safety of residents.

That's why HRC Spectrum looks at the same issue from more than one angle, with separate guidance articles on high-risk areas, such as infection control and falls, that are unique to each care setting. We examine issues through the lens of a specific situation while taking a more global view.

Connect your Care Settings

Your hospital system may not have much experience with private practices or continuing care facilities, but we do. Call: (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891 or email: clientservices@ecri.org.

 Evidence-based tools, analyses, and strategies

​Access to the HRC Spectrum website includes:
  • Self-assessment questionnaires to help you evaluate current risk management and patient safety processes
  • In-depth risk analyses with patient safety/risk management action recommendations, interactive tools, links to related resources
  • Ready-to-use education and training tools to get staff in line with your improvement efforts
  • Sample policies and procedures to tailor to your needs
  • Weekly e-newsletter with the latest industry news, legal case notes, device problem reports, and literature abstracts
  • Personalized consultation through telephone, e-mail, or fax. Call on our in-house experts in patient safety and risk management for help with your toughest challenges

 Case Studies

 Sample Content

 

 

Violence in Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/SafSec3.aspxViolence in Healthcare Facilities5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Violence in healthcare facilities creates a multitude of risks for patients, visitors, staff, and the organization. This guidance article discusses warning signs and presents strategies for prevention of and response to violence.
Partnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact https://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/Proceedings2017.aspxPartnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact 2/27/2017 12:00:00 AM ​In its third annual meeting, The Partnership for Health IT and Patient Safety updated attendees on implementing and testing the recommendations included in the copy and paste toolkit, as well as the Partnership's new safe practice recommendations for the use of health IT in patient identification.
A Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Terminationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep0816.aspxA Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Termination8/26/2016 12:00:00 AMThe board chair of a California community hospital that recently faced near-termination from the Medicare program has a message for all healthcare organizations.

 Public Risk Management Alerts

 

 

Has Value-Based Purchasing Led to Improved Quality?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062117_Value.aspxHas Value-Based Purchasing Led to Improved Quality?2017-06-21T00:00:00Z ​Although hospitals have been subject to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program for Medicare reimbursement since 2013, the quality of care they provide has not improved at a significantly different rate from hospitals not subject to value-based purchasing, according to a study in the June 15, 2017, New England Journal of Medicine.
Lost in a Hospital? There’s An App for Thathttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062117_Lost.aspxLost in a Hospital? There’s An App for That2017-06-21T00:00:00Z ​Some health systems are developing smart phone apps that can help visitors navigate sprawling health complexes from their car to their appointments and back again, according to a June 8, 2017, article in the Houston Chronicle.
Legionnaire Disease: A Preventable Problem Plaguing Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061417_Legionnaire-.aspxLegionnaire Disease: A Preventable Problem Plaguing Healthcare Facilities2017-06-14T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals and nursing homes must do more to reduce the risks of people contracting Legionnaires disease in their facilities, according to recent communications from two government agencies.
Are Uninsured or Medicare Patients More Likely to Receive Low-Value Services?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061417_Uninsured.aspxAre Uninsured or Medicare Patients More Likely to Receive Low-Value Services?2017-06-14T00:00:00Z ​Overuse of low-value care among uninsured or Medicare-insured patients is common, but not significantly more so than among privately insured patients, according to an original investigation published in the June 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Majority of EHR Progress Notes Are Copied and Pasted or Imported, Says Studyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060717_Majority.aspxMajority of EHR Progress Notes Are Copied and Pasted or Imported, Says Study2017-06-07T00:00:00Z ​The majority of progress notes in electronic health record (EHR) systems are either copied and pasted or imported, according to a research letter published May 30, 2017, in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Healthcare’s Overlooked Disease”: Special Report Focuses on Link between Behavioral and Physical Healthhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060717_Special.aspx“Healthcare’s Overlooked Disease”: Special Report Focuses on Link between Behavioral and Physical Health2017-06-07T00:00:00Z In light of growing evidence linking behavioral and physical health, Modern Healthcare published a special report on "healthcare's overlooked disease."
“Ask Every Patient, Every Time”: New Recommendations for Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Two Subgroupshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts053117_AskEvery.aspx“Ask Every Patient, Every Time”: New Recommendations for Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Two Subgroups2017-05-31T00:00:00Z ​Assessing patients with depression for hypomanic symptoms and/or a family history of bipolar disorder is critical in diagnosing depressive mixed states (DMX); this can only happen if clinicians "ask every patient, every time."
Improperly Sterilized or Disinfected Equipment Is a Growing Problem, Says Joint Commissionhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts053117_Joint.aspxImproperly Sterilized or Disinfected Equipment Is a Growing Problem, Says Joint Commission2017-05-31T00:00:00Z ​Three years after Joint Commission wrote about the issue, noncompliance with its standard regarding improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment is rising, according to the May 2017 issue of Quick Safety.
HCAHPS Scores Not Linked to Prescribing of Postoperative Opioids after Dischargehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052417_HCAHPS.aspxHCAHPS Scores Not Linked to Prescribing of Postoperative Opioids after Discharge2017-05-24T00:00:00Z ​Prescribing of opioids after surgery was not associated with performance on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) pain measures, according to a research letter published in the May 16, 2017, Journal of the American Medical Association.
HHS Updates its Cybersecurity Guidance after Global Ransomware Attackhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052417_Global.aspxHHS Updates its Cybersecurity Guidance after Global Ransomware Attack2017-05-24T00:00:00Z ​With the recent global ransomware attack once again exposing the healthcare industry's vulnerability to hacking, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 15, 2017, updated its guidance regarding ransomware and cyber threats to healthcare organizations.