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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

 

 

Not So Sweet: Popular Sugar Additive May Have Fueled Spread of C. difficilehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts011018_Sweet.aspxNot So Sweet: Popular Sugar Additive May Have Fueled Spread of C. difficile2018-01-10T00:00:00Z ​A popular sugar additive could have fueled epidemic strains of Clostridium difficile, according to a January 3, 2018, study​ in Nature.
Are MRI Procedures Safe for Patients with Legacy Implanted Cardiac Devices?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts011018_MRI.aspxAre MRI Procedures Safe for Patients with Legacy Implanted Cardiac Devices?2018-01-10T00:00:00Z ​Undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a legacy cardiac device is not associated with any long-term clinically significant adverse events, according to a D​ecember 28, 2017, study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
New Toolkit Gives Surgical Centers Tools to Battle Infectionhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts010308_Toolkit.aspxNew Toolkit Gives Surgical Centers Tools to Battle Infection2018-01-03T00:00:00Z ​The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has rolled out a new toolkit for hospital surgical units aimed at preventing surgical site infections. Based on the experiences of frontline care providers in about 200 hospitals nationwide and their successes in preventing such infections, the toolkit contains two guides with supplementary materials and 15 instructional modules.
Hackers versus Robots: Which Do Hospital Leaders Consider a More Pressing Issue in 2018?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts010308_Hackers.aspxHackers versus Robots: Which Do Hospital Leaders Consider a More Pressing Issue in 2018?2018-01-03T00:00:00Z ​More than 9 of 10 hospital systems plan to boost spending on cybersecurity in 2018, while most are proceeding cautiously with up-and-coming technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new survey from the Center for Connected Medicine and the Health Management Academy.
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: a Strong Candidate for Antibiotic Stewardshiphttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts122017_Asymptomatic.aspxAsymptomatic Bacteriuria: a Strong Candidate for Antibiotic Stewardship2017-12-20T00:00:00Z ​Asymptomatic bacteriuria can be successfully managed without unnecessary antibiotic treatment, suggests an implementation guide published December 11, 2017, in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hat Trick: Operating-Room Workers Write Their Names on Their Caps to Avoid Mix-upshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts122017_Hat.aspxHat Trick: Operating-Room Workers Write Their Names on Their Caps to Avoid Mix-ups2017-12-20T00:00:00Z ​The requirement that all surgical staff introduce themselves prior to surgery is one of the most commonly missed items on the World Health Organization's surgical checklist, and hospitals in Australia are attempting to tackle the problem in a novel way, according to a December 13, 2017, article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Lessons Learned from FDA's Recall of a Pacemaker That Was Susceptible to Hackinghttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts121317_Lessons.aspxLessons Learned from FDA's Recall of a Pacemaker That Was Susceptible to Hacking2017-12-13T00:00:00Z ​The first widespread cybersecurity advisory involving a permanent medical device implant provides lessons learned, discussed in a December 5, 2017, viewpoint in JAMA.
Overlapping Surgery Associated with Increased Risk of Complications during Hip Surgerieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts121317_Overlapping.aspxOverlapping Surgery Associated with Increased Risk of Complications during Hip Surgeries2017-12-13T00:00:00Z ​Overlapping surgery is rare, say the authors of a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, but patients whose hip surgeries were "double-booked" were almost twice as likely to have postoperative complications such as infection, early revision, or dislocation.
History Repeats Itself: Past Hurricanes Taught Houston Hospitals How To Prepare for Hurricane Harveyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts120617_Houston.aspxHistory Repeats Itself: Past Hurricanes Taught Houston Hospitals How To Prepare for Hurricane Harvey2017-12-06T00:00:00Z ​Lessons learned from past storms left many Houston-area hospitals relatively unscathed during Hurricane Harvey, according to an article in the November/December issue of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) NFPA Journal.
People Unaware That They Have Been Infected Account for 40% of HIV Transmissions, Says CDChttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts120617_AIDS.aspxPeople Unaware That They Have Been Infected Account for 40% of HIV Transmissions, Says CDC2017-12-06T00:00:00Z ​Persons unaware that they have been infected with HIV account for about 40% of ongoing transmissions of the disease in the United States, according to a December 1, 2017, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).