"UCSF Medical Center is extremely honored to receive ECRI Institute’s 2nd Annual Supply Chain Achievement Award,” said UCSF Medical Center’s Kevin Pattison, director of supply chain management. Eight winners were selected out of nearly 2,500 entries. (Read about the winners)
ECRI Institute is Exhibiting and Presenting on HIT at NPSFRonni Solomon, JD, and Karen Zimmer, MD, will present at the NPSF pre-congress session, Intentional Safety: Unintended Consequences, Lessons Learned from a Health IT Incident. Stop by booth #103 to learn about our new HIT Deep DiveTM. (Learn more about NPSF
Hybrid Operating Rooms Market Analytics Report Just ReleasedNew report showcases average costs of building a hybrid operating room, top angiography imaging systems, and ECRI Institute’s expert recommendations for implementation. (Available for free download
Missed Our Stryker Neptune Recall Web Conference? Prompted by patient injuries and at least two deaths, Stryker’s liquid waste management systems have been recalled. Our web conference gives healthcare organizations guidance on how to properly implement the recall of these systems. (Use “DAPR13” for $60 off the recording
Forced-Air Warming and Surgical Site Infections ECRI Institute conducted a focused systematic review of the published literature on forced-air warming units and found insufficient evidence to support changes in current practice. (Read full article in Health Devices, April 2013)
ECRI Institute PSO Raises Awareness about HIT events ECRI Institute PSO’s Deep Dive analysis on health IT events highlights the importance of reporting. "Minimizing the unintended consequences of HIT systems and maximizing the potential of HIT to improve patient safety should be an ongoing focus of every healthcare organization,” says Karen P. Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, medical director, ECRI Institute PSO. (Read more
New Joint Commission Alert Targets Alarm SafetyA Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert urges action to be sure medical device alarms are not ignored. “More than 560 alarm-related deaths” over a four-year period were reported. Media attention and efforts by ECRI Institute, AAMI, and ACCE have helped raise awareness about this patient safety issue. (Read Sentinel Event Alert
Web Conference Provides Advice for Nationwide Stryker RecallPrompted by patient injuries and at least two deaths due, Stryker’s liquid waste management systems have been recalled. Our web conference gives healthcare organizations guidance on how to properly implement the recall of these systems. (Use “DAPR13” for $60 off
Hennepin County Medical Center Builds Best Practices in Alerts Management
“The new system offers us transparency and greater assurance that alerts are getting to the right staff and acted upon quickly,” says Hennepin County Medical Center upon implementing Alerts Tracker™ alert and recall management system. (Read the case study
Talk Quality with Us at MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit
Barbara Rebold, director of patient safety, risk, and quality at ECRI Institute and Alide Chase, senior vice president of quality and safety at Kaiser Permanente will present the topic, “Integrating Quality System.” (Visit booth #1634 to meet our other experts
Manage the Challenges of Healthcare Construction Projects
Join us April 18th in the Philadelphia area for an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for Healthcare Construction Activities Half-Day Workshop. (Learn more about the construction activities course)
ECRI Institute Named a Top Workplace for 2013 by Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com
ECRI Institute is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Top Workplace for 2013 by The Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. (Read more)
PSO Deep Dive™ on Health Information Technology Safety
ECRI Institute PSO report provides eight case examples of the health IT-related incidents that could lead to patient harm. The report is intended to alert hospitals and health systems to the unintended consequences of electronic health records. (Available for purchase)
Introducing ECRI Institute's New Value Analysis Service
ValueGuide™ helps hospitals and health systems make quicker, more informed decisions on medical supplies and implants with concise evidence-based reports, a dedicated research analyst, and on-site best practices benchmarking. (Learn more
Top Patient Safety Strategies in Annals of Internal MedicineNew research by ECRI Institute, the RAND Corporation, Stanford University, UCSF, Johns Hopkins, and others highlights patient safety strategies that can be encouraged for adoption now. (See March 5, 2013, Annals of Internal Medicine
Ways EHR's Can Lead to Unintended Safety Problems
The American Medical News recently highlighted an ECRI Institute PSO report. Wrong records and failures in data transfer impede physicians and harm patients, according to an analysis of health technology incidents. (See "Ways EHRs Can Lead to Unintended Safety Problems")
Introducing the New Healthcare Product Comparison System
Our customizable database of equipment model specifications has been upgraded with a new platform. The improved features include filtering, sorting, and better performance, plus much faster updating. (Take a tour)
New AHRQ Resource on Reducing Patient Falls in Hospitals
AHRQ has released a new online resource that specifically focuses on reducing falls that occur during a patient’s hospital stay. Nearly 1 million patients fall in U.S. hospitals each year. Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care addresses how to overcome the challenges associated with developing, implementing and sustaining a falls prevention program in the hospital.
ECRI Institute will Co-sponsor Clinical Engineering and IT Leadership Symposium
HIMSS will hold a symposium March 3, 2013 in New Orleans, prior to its annual conference. The one-day program will address medical device security, privacy, human factors, and many other areas of the medical device integration roadmap. (Register for the Clinical Engineering and IT Leadership Symposium)
Medical Device Adverse Event Investigation Training
ECRI Institute, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), is conducting a Medical Device Adverse Event Investigation and Management Training Program on March 26-28, 2013, in Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Learn more about the course)
See You in Vegas at the World Congress Supply Chain Summit
Stop by our table at the summit and find out how you can make better-informed purchasing decisions on your capital equipment and supplies. (Learn more about ECRI Institute at the World Congress Supply Chain Summit)
Covering Medical Interoperability
"Barely 1/2 of healthcare execs have begun to address interoperability," stated ECRI Institute’s James P. Keller, Jr, in AAMI’s Medical Device Interoperability publication. (View AAMI-FDA’s Interoperability Summit publication)
CMS and the Preventive Maintenance Directive: An Update
Join ECRI Institute and AAMI on February 28, 2013 for a webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) preventive maintenance directive. The webinar will discuss possible outcomes for preventive maintenance schedules in healthcare facilities. (Learn more about the free webinar)
Building Best Practices in Alerts Management
“The new system offers us transparency and greater assurance that alerts are getting to the right staff and acted upon quickly,” says Hennepin County Medical Center upon implementing Alerts Tracker™ alert and recall management system. (Read the case study)
It’s a Wrap for ECRI Institute’s 19th Annual Conference
ECRI Institute’s 19th Annual Conference, Creating “Systemness” within Healthcare Delivery: Can Success be Proven and Shared?, was an important step towards encouraging healthcare systems to evaluate what is working for them and what is working for others by examining the evidence. (View the "systemness" presentations)
Free Seminar−Hazard and Recall Management: Best Practices
This educational breakfast seminar at ECRI Institute’s headquarters on October 23 will address the strategic management of recalls and hazard alerts and how to implement a successful management program. Learn more and register.
Visit Us in San Antonio at MGMA12 Annual Conference
Stop by booth #870 and find out which high risk areas may be putting your physician practice in jeopardy. Learn more.
New White Paper: The Future of Healthcare Design
ECRI Institute’s medical equipment planning experts offer recommendations for planning and designing patient care areas for new and future technologies, focusing on surgical settings, imaging spaces, and clinical labs—settings that represent the bulk of a healthcare provider’s capital budget requests.
CT Scanners: Get the Right Fit for Your Facility and Budget
Join us October 17 for the web conference "Cost vs. Reality – What CT Scanner Should I Choose?" We'll review the CT technology presently available and discuss the factors that you should be considering when selecting a new CT scanner. This web conference is free for select ECRI Institute members and is now $60 off with the code DOCT12. Learn more and sign up.
Free Live Webinar—Physician Practice: Strategies for Reducing Risk and Improving Patient Safety Content
According to the most recent National Ambulatory Medical Care survey, 80% of all ambulatory medical care in the United States is provided in physician offices. In order to help healthcare providers reduce risk and improve safety in physician practice, ECRI Institute is presenting a free webinar on October 30.
New White Paper: Health Information Exchange
ECRI Institute’s newest white paper, “Crossing the Connectivity Chasm: Pinpointing Gaps in Readiness to Exchange Health Information,” addresses the key issues organizations should consider when assessing their capacity to exchange health information, and includes updated guidance on Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Download now.
Visit Us in DC at ASHRM 2012
Check out our expert sessions on risk management and patient safety and stop by booth #323 to speak to us about accelerating improvement at your organization. Learn more.
Keller Co-Authors IOM Paper on Health IT Reporting
A just released IOM Discussion Paper, Comparative User Experiences of Health IT Products: How User Experiences Would Be Reported and Used, was co-authored by ECRI Institute Vice President James P. Keller. Article.
ECRI Institute, AAMI, ASHE, and the ACCE Hold a Workshop to Address Wireless Issues in HospitalsThe invitation-only workshop, being held October 4-5, in Herndon, VA, will focus on reaching consensus on how to solve major issues, identify research gaps, and increase awareness of wireless challenges. Learn more.
ECRI Institute sponsors AAMI-FDA Interoperability Summit
AAMI and the FDA will convene a summit, October 2-3, in Herndon, VA to identify and address challenges associated with medical device interoperability. Learn more.
Endoscope Infection Risks From Improper Sterilization
“Where there are interconnections, there are gaps and crevices. That’s where material can accumulate and be difficult to clean…You can’t actually go inside and look at the channel to see that it’s free of debris,” says Chris Lavanchy, Health Devices engineering director, ECRI Institute, in Men’s Health’s Special Report. See The Dirty Truth about Hospitals, Oct. 2012.
Invitation to ECRI Institute's Annual Conference
This year’s health policy conference, Creating “Systemness” within Healthcare Delivery: Can Success be Proven and Shared?, will be held November 28-29, 2012, in Washington, DC. View the video invitation from ECRI Institute's President and CEO Jeffrey Lerner.
Visit us in Tampa at NAHQ
Stop by booth #220 and speak to our experts about accelerating improvement at your organization. Plus, pick up your 2012 Quality Toolkit. Learn more.
Home Ventilation: Minimize the Risks
Home ventilation allows a ventilator-assisted individual to live a more “normal” life. But this often requires that person’s loved ones take on the responsibilities of trained medical professionals. Learn how to minimize the risk and keep the patient safe with Home Ventilation: A Safety Guide for Caregivers, a new resource from Healthcare Technology Foundation and ECRI Institute.
Visit us in San Antonio at AHRMM12
Stop by booth #224 and find out how you can get faster, better, and smarter about buying capital equipment with ECRI Institute’s new tools. Learn more.
Design Considerations for Safe Patient Handling
An effective, safe patient-handling program requires a multidisciplinary team to establish and maintain it, says ECRI Institute’s Kathryn Pelczarski in the August issue of Health Facilities Management. See “Back in Action.” Learn more about ECRI Institute's Patient Handling Safety Reviews.
Lerner Questions Cuts to Healthcare Research
“Assaults on health-services research raises a fundamental question: Why is objective information so threatening?,” poses ECRI Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Lerner, in a special feature in The Philadelphia Inquirer. See “Keep Health Info Coming.”
Save the Date for ECRI Institute's 19th Annual Conference
ECRI Institute Researches Healthcare Horizon Scanning Methodologies
This year’s health policy conference, Creating “Systemness” within Healthcare Delivery: Can Success be Proven and Shared?, will be held November 28-29, 2012, in Washington, DC. This is a free program and is open to the public. Details and registration will be available soon.
ECRI Institute’s analysis of 23 formally established health technology horizon scanning programs is now available to the public on AHRQ’s Website. The study identifies existing best practices and effective methods for evaluating emerging healthcare technology and will be used by AHRQ to make informed decisions on its comparative-effectiveness research investments.
Putting an End to Wrong-site Surgeries
“Hospital leaders must insist on uniform compliance with evidence-based protocols, even if surgeons balk,” says Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s Medical Director John Clarke, MD, referring to the crucial all-hands on deck support needed to end wrong-site surgeries. See the full article in this month’s issue of Hospitals and Health Networks.
How Much are Hospitals Spending on Capital and Supplies this Month?
See how the top 30 supply and capital items are trending. Visit the Modern Healthcare / ECRI Institute Technology Price Index. Get more analysis on this technology pricing data from the source, ECRI Institute.
A Plan for Smarter Spending
“Truly effective capital planning creates smarter buyers for clinical technology, which in turn creates opportunities for providers to increase effectiveness, reduce costs, improve patient safety and provide better access to care,” says ECRI Institute COO Anthony Montagnolo in the July/August issue of Trustee. Read now.
See You in San Fran. at Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit
Visit ECRI Institute at booth #407 on July 19-21, for new strategies to ensure your investments in Health IT get the returns you expect. Learn more.
Input Needed in Light-source Safety Evaluation
ECRI Institute is assessing the CableCap from SensorMed, which attaches to the distal end of a light-source cable to diffuse the light and heat energy it emits, thus helping to prevent burns and fires. Do you think this device can serve as a practical addition to current best practices for improving light-source safety? Let us know by completing our short survey.
The Affordable Care Act -- the Importance of Getting it Right
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in a complex 5-4 decision. It is a profoundly historic ruling with far-reaching social and political implications, particularly in an election year. Read the full blog post.
Appeals Court Upholds PSO Protections
An Illinois appellate court upheld that patient safety work product is privileged under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. The decision affirms important legal protections that can be derived from creating a patient safety evaluation system and reporting safety and quality data to a federally listed Patient Safety Organization. Read more in a special edition of our PSO Monthly Brief.
International Medical Equipment Planning
Clinica Delgado, a state-of-the-art hospital currently under construction in Lima, Peru, has enlisted ECRI Institute to provide a full range of services, including the most advanced medical technology for cardiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, surgical services, and advanced imaging. View other recent medical equipment planning projects.
See You in Las Vegas at HFMA ANI
Visit ECRI Institute in booth #111 at the HFAM ANI 2012 conference, June 24-27, for new strategies to help you with capital budget decision-making. Learn more.
Healthcare Innovation Event July 10
Join CONVERGE, the one-day summit in Philadelphia, which will explore healthcare’s leading trends and share best practices among some of the industry’s most innovative hospital systems and leading medical device, digital health, pharmaceutical and information technology companies. ECRI Institute is a summit cosponsor. To save 30%, use discount code ECRI30. Register today.
Managing Medical Equipment Replacements
“Transparency requires that clinicians know that the squeaky wheel tactic does not get the grease, and that patient care and long-term health of the hospital drive capital replacement decisions,” says ECRI Institute’s Robert Maliff in Health Facilities Management’s article on predictive replacement. See Smart Shopping.
ECRI Institute Salutes Healthcare Risk Management Week
In honor of Healthcare Risk Management Week, ECRI Institute will provide special content on its Patient Safety Blog to help eliminate preventable serious safety events one healthcare professional at a time.
Wrong-Site Surgeries in PA Decrease Significantly Since 2007
Wrong-site surgery and falls prevention programs within Pennsylvania healthcare facilities appear to be working. "The most notable trait in facilities that have significantly improved their wrong-site surgery rates is that they have made a serious commitment to implement wrong-site surgery prevention programs, including
evidence-based best practices," says ECRI Institute’s Dr. John Clarke, clinical director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Learn more.
IT. EHR. HIE. Alphabet Soup?
The interoperability of data between clinical systems is the bridge that connects million-dollar electronic medical record expenditures with the effective exchange of health information. Learn more in a new Modern Healthcare Insights white paper, co-developed by ECRI Institute. Order now.
ECRI Institute helps Conemaugh Achieve Sustainable Cost Reductions of $21.6 Million
PA health system integrates full range of ECRI Institute’s procurement advisory services and technology assessment tools into its supply chain process, which engages both physicians and purchasing staff. Read full case study. View other ECRI Institute case studies.
Experts Present at AAMI 2012
Check out our sessions: Horizon Scanning: What Does the Future Hold for Healthcare Technology Management, presented by Jim Keller, VP of Health Technology Evaluation and Safety, and A Comparison of Healthcare Technology Benchmarking Products, presented by Jonathan Gaev, business line manager, BiomedicalBenchmark. Learn more.
ECRI Institute Presenting on Surgical Fires at NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Attend our session, It Takes Teamwork and Best Practices: Preventing a Patient Safety Disaster—Surgical Fires, Friday, May 25, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at NPSF’s 14th Annual Patient Safety Congress. Learn about the challenges and best practices for preventing surgical fires in your OR. Learn more.
Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price IndexHow much are hospitals spending on capital and supplies this month? See updated pricing from ECRI Institute on ModernHealthcare.com/TPI
It's Not too Late -- Renew your Free Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System™ License
Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS) is an international nomenclature and computer coding system for medical devices. The basic version is available free-of-charge; don’t delay, renew today.
Community Hospital Gets Results with Capital Budget Tool
Critical access hospital in Nebraska saves nearly $200,000 on capital equipment using SELECTplus market analytics, aligning clinical and financial staff to drive savings while ensuring quality outcomes. Read full case study. View other ECRI Institute case studies.
Debating Evidence for Proton-beam Therapy
Nonprofit hospitals and private investors across the country are spending fortunes to build a wave of expensive, high-tech proton-beam cancer centers. Clinical trials of the sort that could prove or disprove the benefits are underway, but ECRI Institute’s Diane Robertson expressed doubts about their chance of finding enough patients to participate. See Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Hospitals Embrace Proton-Beam Therapy.”
Reducing Unnecessary Medical Tests
In support of the new Choosing Wisely initiative from the Amer. Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, ECRI Institute is providing 1-click PubMed searches and search strategies for the 45 recommendations from medical societies. See new Choosing Wisely Resource Site.
Fatal Flaw: When Medical Devices Fail, Investigators Connect the Dots
Mark Bruley and his colleagues are among the few people in the country--even the world--to independently investigate medical accidents and test health devices. Read article on Smart Planet.
ECRI Institute Announces Winners of New Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award
Congratulations to the winners of our first annual ECRI Institute Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award honoring healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall spend management and adopting best practice solutions in their supply chain processes. Read more.
UCSF Medical Center Wins Healthcare Supply Chain Award
The University of California San Francisco Medical Center is one of five healthcare organizations recently honored by ECRI Institute for demonstrating excellence in overall cost management and in adopting best practice solutions in supply chain processes. Learn more.
Two ECRI Institute Experts to Present at Health Journalism 2012
Attend our sessions: Identifying Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment, presented by Vladimir Cadet, MPH, and Health Technology Hazards to Watch for in Your Community This Year, presented by Eric Sacks. Learn more.
How Our Award Winners Achieved Excellence in Health Technology
Join us April 19 for a web conference presenting our "Health Devices Achievement Award" winners and learn about their innovative programs to improve patient safety. This web conference is free for select ECRI Institute members. Learn more and sign up.
Wheaton Franciscan Wins Healthcare Supply Chain Award
The Glendale, WI health system is one of five healthcare organizations recently honored by ECRI Institute for demonstrating excellence in overall cost management and in adopting best practice solutions in supply chain processes. Learn more.
Evidenced-Based Technology in Beijing
ECRI Institute COO Anthony Montagnolo is speaking March 23 at ChinaMed 2012: The 24th International Medical Instruments and Equipment Exhibition on “Evidence-Based Technology Purchasing for Higher Quality and Cost-Effective Patient Care.” The event, held at the China National Convention Center, showcases Chinese medical instruments and the equipment industry.
Protect Patient Safety in Pennsylvania
PA Governor Tom Corbett’s plans to merge the independent Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority with the Department of Health raises concerns says ECRI Institute’s President and CEO Jeffrey Lerner in an op-ed in this week’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. See “Protect patient safety” (3/6/12). See Philadelphia Inquirer write-up.
ECRI Institute Presenting at ASHE’s PDC Summit 2012
Attend our session, Crossroads in Surgery: The Hybrid Operating Room Wednesday, March 7, 9:50 a.m. at PDC Summit 2012. Learn about the challenges and benefits of hybrid operating rooms; presented by medical equipment planning experts John Skreenock and Michael Linehan.
ECRI Institute Presenting at 17th Annual Medical Devices 2012
Attend our session, "Inside the Changing World of Hospitals: Technology Assessment & Evidence-Based Decision Making," March 12, 10:15 a.m. at Frost & Sullivan’s Mindxchange: Medical Devices 2012; presented by ECRI Institute’s Vivian Coates, Vice President, Information Services & Health Technology Assessment, and Joe Cummings, PhD, Manager, Technology Assessment Program, University HealthSystem Consortium.
New Report on Brain Injury Treatments Draws Conclusions Similar to ECRI Institute’s Earlier Findings
See ECRI Institute’s updated summary of what we know and do not know about the treatment’s efficacy. View Institute of Medicine study.
ECRI Institute Partners with Modern Healthcare on new Technology Price Index
To assist healthcare executives in monitoring how much they’re spending on medical technology, supplies, and devices, Modern Healthcare partnered with ECRI Institute on a new Technology Price Index. Learn more.
Central-Line Infections Rise After Five Days
A new study finds that central-line infections rates rise dramatically after the fifth day post-insertion says ECRI Institute’s James Davis, senior infection prevention analyst with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. See “The Five Day Blues” in The Hospitalist. Read More.
Social Media in Healthcare—Maximize Opportunities and Reduce Risks
ECRI Institute has been closely following the rapid emergence of social media over the past five years and published a new risk analysis, Social Media in Healthcare, to help healthcare providers face the unique risks social media poses. Read More.
C-Suite Watch List Featured in Times Square
New York City’s famed Times Square billboard announces ECRI Institute’s release of its 2012 C-Suite Watch List: Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues. Download the full report.
Breaks News First: Announces ECRI Institute's 2012
C-Suite Watch List
“Some of the
technologies that hospital executives should be keeping an eye on this year
include CT radiation reduction technologies, proton-beam radiation therapy and
ultra-high-field strength MRI systems, according to a list compiled by the ECRI
Institute. See “Leading-Edge Gadgets: ECRI Unveils Top 10 C-Suite Watch List,"
in Jan. 2012 issue of Modern Healthcare (subscription required).
Surgical Fire Prevention Needs CEO Buy-In
550 to 650 surgical fires occur each year, says ECRI Institute’s VP Mark Bruley, in an interview with Modern Healthcare. “What’s needed is a cultural change” and for CEOs to buy into the need to prevent surgical fires and mandate safety changes in their ORs, he says in “Hospitals Still Feel the Heat of Fire Risks”. (Password required)
Partnership for Patient Care Convene at ECRI Institute
Representatives of the Partnership for Patient Care regional collaborative on CT radiation safety met at ECRI Institute this week for the Crossing the Goal interactive workshop. They shared successes and take-away strategies for overcoming challenges to dose reduction and improving patient safety. Learn more.
Weighing the Evidence for Surgical Robots
Given the costs, hospitals must wrestle with the question of whether the gains from using surgical robots outweigh the costs and potential added procedural complexity, notes ECRI Institute’s Tony Montagnolo in Trustee magazine. See “Weighing the Evidence” (Nov. 2011).
Top 10 Hazards Makes it Big in Times Square
New York City’s famed Times Square billboard announces ECRI Institute’s release of its 2012 list of Top 10 Hazards. Download the full report.
President's Message and Invitation to ECRI Institute's 18th Annual Conference
View a 1 minute video from ECRI Institute's President and CEO Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD, about our upcoming conference: “Patient-Centeredness in Policy and Practice." Learn more at www.ecri.org/2011conf.
High-Tech Hazards: Alarm Hazard Tops ECRI Institute's List of Health Dangers
Hospitals are enthusiastic users of cutting-edge medical technology, but every device, from beeping alarms to CT scanners, brings safety risks, according to ECRI Institute. See full story in Modernhealthcare.com (password required).
Calling all Bloggers: We Need Your Help
In honor of our 100th blog post, we’re asking you, our loyal
readers, be our featured 100th blog post author. What patient safety issues
demand the spotlight? What ideas and initiatives have inspired you? It’s time
to put your creative hats on. See Full Post.
Preventing Patient Medical Errors
"By forming its own or joining an existing patient safety organization, a healthcare organization can aggregate and analyze data to obtain a clear picture of opportunities for enhancing patient safety," said ECRI Institute's Ronni Solomon, at ASHRM’s 2011 conference. See Risk & Insurance news coverage.
Attending ASHRM 2011? Come Visit Us.
ECRI Institute experts share insights at ASHRM in five different educations sessions. Stop by booth #325 to meet our experts and get risk management, quality, and patient safety resources. Learn more.
Lerner Presents at 3rd National Comparative Effectiveness Summit
ECRI Institute President and CEO Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD, is presenting "The Implications of Comparative Effectiveness Research for Innovation" at the Third National Comparative Effectiveness Summit, held in Washington, DC, on Oct. 12-14.
ECRI Institute and FDA Co-host Free Patient Centeredness Conference, Nov. 29-30, 2011
More than 40 healthcare leaders headline this year’s annual health policy conference including FDA’s Margaret Hamburg, Jeffrey Shuren, and Janet Woodcock; AHRQ’s Carolyn Clancy; PCORI’s Joe Selby; Christine Bechtel, National Partnership for Women & Families; Robert Galvin, MD, The Blackstone Group, and many more. See full agenda. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Norovirus Educational Posters Available from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and the principal cause of worldwide acute gastroenteritis epidemics in all age groups. Healthcare facilities, staff, and patients are better equipped to respond to norovirus when protocols for preventive measures are in place before norovirus season arrives (order posters or download for free).
New ECRI Institute Capital Budget Tool Helps Hospitals Streamline Process
“Hospital decision makers will no longer need to take time out of their busy schedules to contact vendors for list price quotes when building their budgets, often budgeting for much more than necessary,” says Jennifer Myers, ECRI Institute's Vice President of SELECT Health Technology Services.
Connectivity Getting you Down? – Money Saving Offer
Attend our 10/12 Web Conference “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Medical Device Connectivity” and you'll learn about challenges in connecting physiological monitors, vital signs monitors, and infusion pumps to hospital information systems and electronic health records. Plus, get $60 off with the coupon code “SCON11.” Don’t miss this special offer.
Grande Ronde Hospital Wins 2011 Health Devices Achievement Award
ECRI Institute honors Grande Ronde (www.grh.org) for its groundbreaking telemedicine program that allows its patients in rural Oregon and Washington to access specialty physicians from across 4 states. “Telemedicine is key to the future delivery of healthcare and this initiative is serving as a model for other hospitals,” says ECRI Institute VP James Keller. Read the press release.
ECRI Institute Co-convenes and Presents at Medical Device Alarms Summit
Join ECRI Institute, AAMI, FDA, and others for a Medical Device Alarms Summit, October 4-5, 2011 in Herndon, VA. The multidisciplinary summit will actively engage medical device industry representatives, clinicians, clinical engineers and technicians, academics, patient safety officers, subject experts, and other stakeholders. Learn More.
ECRI Institute Recognized as One of the Top 33 Medical Innovations in Philadelphia since 1751
In a special timeline of Philadelphia-area medical innovations, The Philadelphia Inquirer recognizes ECRI Institute’s founding in 1968 and its role in evaluating medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes to improve patient care. See complete list.
Radiation Risks of Diagnostic Imaging—New Sentinel Event Alert
The Joint Commission’s new Sentinel Event Alert urges caution on radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. The Alert’s content is based in part on input from ECRI Institute and its 2010 Health Devices article on CT Radiation Dose (read excerpt).
Hospitals Purchasing Cutting-Edge, Hybrid Operating Rooms
“The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit Pennsylvania organization that advises hospitals on spending and planning for new technology, estimates that fewer than 100 U.S. hospitals have hybrid rooms but the number ‘is expected to climb rapidly’ with 15% or more yearly increases in hospitals adding them over the next few years, said Robert Bense, a senior health care technology executive,” in the Detroit Free Press (8/7/11)
See you in Boston at AHRMM11, Aug. 7-10.
Visit ECRI Institute in booth #1226 at the AHRMM11 Annual Conference & Exhibition for help with your supply chain improvement efforts. Learn more.
Lerner Forecasts Future of Healthcare in Anniversary Issue
“Healthcare providers will continue to face an increasingly complex array of clinical care technologies in the near and longer future,” says ECRI Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Lerner, PhD, in Modern Healthcare’s 7/25/11 35th anniversary issue. See “Plotting a Strategy.”
New ECRI Institute Market Analytics Tool Helps Inform Capital Purchasing Decisions
“S+ Market Analytics, our new interactive database, is a significant enhancement to our service. It’s the first market analytics tool of its kind to help hospitals and systems make faster, more informed capital purchasing decisions,” states Jennifer L. Myers, ECRI Institute’s Vice President of SELECT Health Technology Services. Read the press release.
ECRI Institute Cites Weak Evidence for Radiation Oncology for Prostate Cancer
Rohit Inamdar, a senior medical physicist and senior associate at ECRI Institute says the clinical evidence on the use of the CyberKnife for prostate cancer is “a little early … and a little weak. It’s still developing and cannot stand on its feet,” in July issue of Radiology Today. See SBRT for Prostate Cancer.
Special Offer For Everyone Considering an Integrated Operating Room
Attend our 6/20 Web Conference “OR Integration: Planning for an Effective Implementation “ and you'll be provided with OR Integration planning tips, challenges, and real-life perspectives from a hospital that is fully integrated. Plus, get $60 off with the coupon code “SORP11.” Don’t miss this special offer.
ECRI Institute’s Majchrowski Wins Award
Congratulations to Barbara Majchrowski, Sr. Project Engineer, for winning AAMI’s Outstanding Management & Technology Paper of 2010 for her manuscript, “Medical Software’s Increasing Impact on Healthcare and Technology Management,” published in AAMI’s Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology.