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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

 

 

The Contest That No One Wonhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep0618.aspxThe Contest That No One Won8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​Seven of the top architecture firms in Boston came together to design the perfect patient room in order to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.
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.

 Public Risk Management Alerts

 

 

California Wildfires: Hospital Safely Evacuated Patients, But What about Staff?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111418_California.aspxCalifornia Wildfires: Hospital Safely Evacuated Patients, But What about Staff?2018-11-14T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals across California are dealing with the effects of a series of wildfires that have sprung up across two parts of the state, according to a November 9, 2018, release from the California Hospital Association.
A Band-Aid: Medical Scribes Could Reduce EHR-Related Burnout, But Long-Term Solutions are Neededhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111418_EHR.aspxA Band-Aid: Medical Scribes Could Reduce EHR-Related Burnout, But Long-Term Solutions are Needed2018-11-14T00:00:00Z Use of medical scribes could mitigate burden related to electronic health record (EHR) documentation and subsequent burnout, according to a study in the November 2018 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Four Steps Hospitals Can Take to Reduce Maternal Mortalityhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110718_Four.aspxFour Steps Hospitals Can Take to Reduce Maternal Mortality2018-11-07T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals can take four steps to reduce maternal mortality, according to the authors of a November 1, 2018, perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.
When the Surgical Site Might Be Infected, Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110718_When.aspxWhen the Surgical Site Might Be Infected, Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?2018-11-07T00:00:00Z ​Published November 7, 2018
Lost in Translation: Doctors Cautioned against Using Google Translatehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110718_Lost.aspxLost in Translation: Doctors Cautioned against Using Google Translate2018-11-07T00:00:00Z ​The use of Google Translate could introduce communication errors during consultations with patients, according to an October 29, 2018, article in The BMJ.
How to Design a Safer Room for Behavioral Health Patientshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts103118_How.aspxHow to Design a Safer Room for Behavioral Health Patients2018-10-31T00:00:00Z ​Ways to mitigate behavioral health–related risk in a building environment include removing ligature points, providing tamper-resistant products, requiring high-quality, impact-resistant materials, and ensuring the proper amount of visual access and security, according to an October 4, 2018, article in Health Facilities Management.
Multimodal Approach to Pain Management Can Improve Outcomeshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts103118_Multimodal.aspxMultimodal Approach to Pain Management Can Improve Outcomes2018-10-31T00:00:00Z ​An article published in the October issue of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing concludes that using multidimensional pain assessment tools can help improve pain care outcomes in the perianesthesia setting.
Physician Claims and Liability Trends for Risk Managers' Radar Screenshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts102418_Claims.aspxPhysician Claims and Liability Trends for Risk Managers' Radar Screens2018-10-24T00:00:00Z ​Although the frequency of medical malpractice claims against physicians and hospitals has remained stable for the past few years, a deeper dive into the data uncovers trends that should be on risk managers' radar screens, said speakers at a session on physician claims and liability trends during the October 7 through 10, 2018, annual conference of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management in Nashville.
Will "Artificial" or "Augmented" Intelligence Redefine Care?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts102418_Artificial.aspxWill "Artificial" or "Augmented" Intelligence Redefine Care?2018-10-24T00:00:00Z ​At the 2018 annual conference of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (October 7-10 in Nashville), the keynote panel "Artificial Intelligence Challenges and Opportunities for Risk Management" was presented by Anu Banerjee, PhD, MS, MHM, of Arnot Health in New York state; Erin Grace, MHA, and Rear Admiral Jeffrey Brady, MD, MPH, both of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and Elliot Fishman, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Are These Safety Culture Landmines Concealed in Your Organization? https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts101718_Landmines.aspxAre These Safety Culture Landmines Concealed in Your Organization? 2018-10-17T00:00:00Z ​Achieving a patient safety focus is a never-ending process, said healthcare risk management consultant Kathryn Wire, JD, MBA, CPPS, CPHRM, FASHRM, at a session on safety culture landmines held October 8, 2018, at the annual conference of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) in Nashville.