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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

 

 

For Every Situation, a Simulation: Highlights from Symposium on Patient Safety and Simulationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts092017_Simulation.aspxFor Every Situation, a Simulation: Highlights from Symposium on Patient Safety and Simulation2017-09-20T00:00:00Z ​Highlights from the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance's (MHQA) annual patient safety and simulation symposium, “Fundamentally Human—An Innovative Exploration of Patient Safety and Engagement," were the focus of a recent article in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.
Sentinel Event Alert Gives Eight Tips for High-Quality Handoffshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091317_Eight.aspxSentinel Event Alert Gives Eight Tips for High-Quality Handoffs2017-09-13T00:00:00Z ​High-quality handoffs can be achieved by all caregivers, the Joint Commission said, introducing a September 11, 2017, Sentinel Event Alert outlining eight tips for achieving this goal. The accrediting agency advises determining all pieces of critical information that will need to be communicated face to face and in writing.
How Did Florida Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Irma?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091317_Florida.aspxHow Did Florida Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Irma?2017-09-13T00:00:00Z ​Several hospitals across South Florida evacuated patients and shut down operations in advance of Hurricane Irma, according to a September 8, 2017, article in the Washington Post.
OIG Agrees with CMS: Accountable Care Organizations Save Money and Improve Carehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_OIG.aspxOIG Agrees with CMS: Accountable Care Organizations Save Money and Improve Care2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) saved almost $1 billion and generally improved the quality of the care they provided in their first three years of operation, according to an August 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Hurricane Harvey: The Storm Is Over, Challenges Remainhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_Hurricane.aspxHurricane Harvey: The Storm Is Over, Challenges Remain2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​The rains have finally ended, but the challenges facing Houston-area hospitals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are just beginning. More than 20 healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in the Houston area were evacuated, according to an August 30, 2017, article on CNBC.
Should Outcome Data Be Reported at Hospital or Surgeon Level?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090617_Outcome.aspxShould Outcome Data Be Reported at Hospital or Surgeon Level?2017-09-06T00:00:00Z ​Publicly reported data on outcomes for individual surgeons are controversial and have limitations, but should be reported anyway, according to an August 24, 2017, JAMA Forum article.
How did Hospitals in Houston Handle Hurricane Harvey?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts083017_Hurricane.aspxHow did Hospitals in Houston Handle Hurricane Harvey?2017-08-30T00:00:00Z ​Lessons learned from past hurricanes helped Houston-area hospitals prepare for Hurricane Harvey, but “sometimes even the soundest plans have been foiled," according to an August 28, 2017, article in the New York Times.
SAMHSA Reports Increase in Federally Approved Opioid Treatment Programshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts083017_SAMHSA.aspxSAMHSA Reports Increase in Federally Approved Opioid Treatment Programs2017-08-30T00:00:00Z ​An August 22, 2017, report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found a 39% increase in the number of federally approved opioid treatment programs (OTP) between 2003 and 2016.
Nurses Severely Underestimate Risk of Maternal Morbidity, Says Studyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082317_Nurses.aspxNurses Severely Underestimate Risk of Maternal Morbidity, Says Study2017-08-23T00:00:00Z ​There exists a substantial knowledge gap among postpartum nurses when it comes to the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality, according to a study published August 15, 2017, in the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.
General Public’s and Healthcare Professionals’ Views of Active Shooter Events in Hospitalshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082317_General.aspxGeneral Public’s and Healthcare Professionals’ Views of Active Shooter Events in Hospitals2017-08-23T00:00:00Z ​The general public and healthcare professionals share similar views about the role of healthcare professionals in protecting patients from harm if an active shooter event erupts in a hospital, although their perceptions differ about the safety of hospitals, according to results from a national survey published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.