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We Want YOU…to Learn More about Health Technology Assessment 
Want to know what goes into evaluating the evidence behind medical devices, drugs, processes, and procedures? Join ECRI Institute staff and your peers May 13-14 for our on-site educational event, Evidence Boot Camp: Understanding Health Technology Assessment Methodologies. (Register today)
 
Emergency Management and Industrial Hygiene Covered in Sacramento Course
Join us for a Healthcare Environmental Management (CHEM) course which provides certification and continuing education for acute and long-term healthcare environmental safety and security professionals. (Sign up for the August course at Sutter Health)
 
TL;DR, or, Language vs. Communication
Do you remember when AOL was the thing? You didn’t have “the Internet,” you had “AOL.” Every time you logged on, you’d see this screen... (Read full blog post)
 
Major New Effort to Unite on Identifying EHR Safety Issues
“Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together other PSOs, associations, provider organizations, and software vendors to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology issues,” reports Health Data Management. (Read full article)
 
Medical Device Adverse Events Addressed at Leadership Summit in Asia Pacific
Medical device accidents can be among the most serious adverse events in healthcare. To educate about these accidents, ECRI Institute, in collaboration with the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), will present a one-day adverse event investigation and management seminar. (Read about the summit)
 
2014 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
"This award reflects our commitment to our triple aim of improvement in cost, quality, and outcomes,” said Paul Albertson, senior AVP and chief procurement officer, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation. ECRI has played a critical role in our strategy.” (Read about the twelve winners)
 
H&HN Video: How Health IT Impacts Patient Safety
Hear Ronni Solomon, executive vice president and general counsel at ECRI Institute, discuss a new partnership intended to augment what we know about health IT safety. Launched at HIMSS14, the collaboration includes vendors, other Patient Safety Organizations, associations and other experts in the field. (Watch 3-minute video)
 
Happy Anniversary, ECRI Institute PSO! 
This past year, ECRI Institute PSO turned five. Along the way, we hit some major benchmarks—we’ve expanded our staff with a variety of specialties; we’ve created, updated, and recreated our data collection and analysis systems; and we’ve received and analyzed more than 350,000 events. (Read full blog post)
 
Driving the Culture of Safety
“As healthcare providers, we have an ethical as well as a contractual obligation to provide care that is safe, effective, high quality, and efficient,” says Gail Horvath, patient safety analyst at ECRI Institute PSO, in a recent article in Healthcare Risk Management Review. (Read full article)
 
Pulse Oximeters and More Covered in Kuala Lumpur Training
To help biomedical engineering personnel and technicians sharpen their skills through hands-on classes, ECRI Institute is launching a new training program in Kuala Lumpur. The March program will cover oximeters, electrocardiographs (ECGs), and non-invasive blood pressure monitors. (Learn more about the program)
 
Guidance and Tools in Honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week
In honor of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2014, ECRI Institute is making publicly available guidance and tools on two of the most important patient safety issues facing providers today: health information technology (IT) and diagnostic error prevention. (View the National Patient Safety Foundation resources)
 
Recording Available for Blanket Warmers Webinar
Hospitals want to know want to know the risks associated with improper use and how these risks can be avoided. Purchase “Blanket Warmers: Balancing Patient Comfort and Patient Safety” for $189 with the discount code DFEB14. (Purchase the recording)
 
 
Take a Stand
I’m dancing as I write this. Not a sweeping waltz, but a sort of two-step shuffle. I can do so because, for my computer at home, I’ve rigged up a sit-to-stand desk. (Read fulll blog post)
 
Twelve Healthcare Organizations Win Top Supply Chain Award
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. The award honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall spend management and in adopting best practice solutions in their supply chain processes. (Learn more about the winners)
 
HIMSS and Health IT Issues: What’s on Your Mind?
Today’s challenges of health IT are nearly inescapable. With the HIMSS conference fast approaching, challenges such as Meaningful Use Stage 2, ICD 10, telemedicine programs, real-time location systems, and other applications, are on hospital leaders’ minds morning, noon, and night. (Read the full blog post)
 
Technologies: Check the Evidence before You Check Your Wallet
Many health systems with July-June fiscal years are currently in the throes of capital planning, and as usual, they have probably already received many multi-million dollar requests for new technology. Our 2014 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List highlights many of the hot technology issues that hospitals are grappling with today. (Read the full blog post)
 
Webinar Answers Hospitals’ Questions about Blanket Warmers
Blanket warmer temperature settings are a hot topic among nurses and hospital staff. In fact, blanket warmers are one of the most searched terms on www.ecri.org. (Read the full blog post)
 
So Many Recalls. So Little Time.
Thousands of recalls are issued every year. Alerts Tracker Automatch™ helps hospitals match product recalls to their own inventory. Find recalled products faster and keep patients safer. (Learn more about Automatch)
 
Emergency Management Covered in Philadelphia Area Course
Join us March 31-April 4 for a Healthcare Environmental Management course which provides certification and continuing education for acute and long-term healthcare environmental safety and security professionals. (Sign up for the spring course)
 
Free Webinar on Health IT and Patient Safety
On January 10th, experts from ECRI Institute and The Office of the National Coordinator presented, “How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health IT.” The webinar helped healthcare organizations lay the foundation for a process to identify health IT hazards. (Listen to the recording l download the presentation)
 
Too Hot or Too Cold? Webinar Answers Blanket Warmer Questions
ECRI Institute's February 19th webinar covers safe blanket warming temperatures. A panel of ECRI Institute staff and hospital clinicians will answer the burning questions and provide an overview of our temperature recommendations. (Register for the webinar)
 
Prevent Patient Line Misconnections with TRACER – Free Poster
Preventing misconnections (e.g., enteral/IV misconnection) requires practices that incorporate “forcing functions.” To reinforce the steps involved with making safe line connections, ECRI Institute is offering a free, downloadable poster, TRACER (Trace, Read, Affix, Connect, Examine, Retrace). (Download the free TRACER poster) 
 
Webinar: Making the Most of Your Patient Safety Organization
Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) provide a way for providers to confidentially disseminate best practices that reduce harm, error and risk and improve outcomes. Join Modern Healthcare and ECRI Institute on February 5 to learn how PSOs can lower costs and reduce risks. (Register)
 

Few Docs Aware of Implant Devices' Price Tags
“Physicians implanting devices have much more access to clinical data about efficacy and safety than data about pricing,” said Diane Robertson, director, ECRI Institute. “But when physicians are able to look at the clinical and cost evidence together, they are very willing and like being able to include cost as part of their decisions.”
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View Modern Healthcare article)

Free Webinar on Health IT and Patient Safety
Experts from ECRI Institute and The Office of the National Coordinator will present “How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health IT” on January 10 at 1:00 p.m., EST. The webinar will help healthcare organizations lay the foundation for a process to identify health IT hazards. (Register for this free webinar)

Alarms and Infusion Pumps Top Our Annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List for 2014
Hospitals depend on countless medical devices and systems when diagnosing, treating, and monitoring patients. Overall, the use of health technology has led to safer, more reliable care. (Read full blog post

Modern Healthcare Features Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List
The publication’s January 6 article focuses on the No. 3 topic on the new list: emergency departments for elderly patients. “True robust data is not yet available for outcomes for senior-specific EDs,” says ECRI Institute’s Robert Maliff. (See “Growth of senior-specific EDs holds quality promise but raises cost issues”) (Download Watch List) 

New Clinical Engineering Certification (CEC) Program
ECRI Institute's Clinical Engineering Certification (CEC) program is a multi-step certification program that critically and objectively assesses clinical engineering areas. The result is a detailed and actionable plan for improved safety and medical equipment management. (Learn more about the program)

Popular Blogs in 2013: Smart Phones for Alarm Management, Alarm Safety, and Hospital Noise
When you think of 2013, what topics come to mind? How about patient safety in 2013? Our patient safety focused blog has covered many patient safety related topics in 2103, such as...(Read full blog post)

Price Paid for Surgical Tables up 16%
“The average price paid for operating room tables was 16% higher over the last year as more hospitals have purchased pricier orthopedic specialty tables and hybrid OR tables,” according to the most recent Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index. (Read Modern Healthcare article)

Cruise Ships to College: A New Paradigm for Residential Care
My grandfather is in his 80s and still mows the lawn. “I don’t mind it,” he told me recently. “Keeps me busy, keeps me going.” (Read full blog post)

HIMSS Workshop: Preventing IT-Related Errors
Join ECRI Institute and other Health IT experts February 23rd in Orlando for the pre-conference workshop, “Patient Safety - Making Healthcare Safer: Health IT Challenges and Solutions.” Strategizing for health IT safety and safety solutions in system integration will be covered. (Learn more about the event)

Best Practices for Monitoring Non-Critical Patients Webinar
ECRI Institute's December 11th webinar covers monitoring of non-critical-care patients. The webinar will cover how hospital staff can ensure they are properly supervising low-acuity patients before a critical event has occurred. (Register for the 12/11 webinar)

Simulation in Healthcare: The Final Frontier?
At Space Center Houston, a sign next to this toy dinosaur reads: This toy dinosaur was flown on STS-65 [a 1994 mission on Space Shuttle Columbia] to pay tribute to the shuttle mission simulator “Raptor Team.” (Read full blog post)

Missed our Cybersecurity Webinar? See the Most Asked Questions
Cybersecurity is frequently on the minds of hospital IT staff for their information systems, but recent high-profile articles and alerts have this topic on the hot seat for medical devices. This webinar helped hospitals deal with heightened concerns about cybersecurity. (View the video l purchase the webinar)

Doctors Hospital Cuts Half Million from Ortho Spend
Doctors Hospital turned to ECRI Institute’s PriceGuide medical-surgical supply and implant advisory service to achieve significant reductions in hips, knees, and spine products. (Read case study)

Missed our Big Data Conference? Video Recordings Available
This year’s health policy conference, Data BIG and Small: What Healthcare Decision Makers are Using Now, was held November 13-14, 2013, in Washington, DC. (View the presentations from the event)

Attending ASHRM 2013? Come Visit Us.
ECRI Institute experts share insights at ASHRM in two educational sessions. Stop by booth #509 to meet our experts and get risk management, quality, and patient safety resources. (Learn more)

Modern Healthcare Focuses on Pediatric Hazards
“We’ve seen a growing momentum being built up…with pediatric care and technology safety,” says VP Jim Keller about ECRI Institute’s 2014 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards in Nov. 4 issue of Modern Healthcare. (Read “Watching Out for the Youngest Patients.”)

Competency Training on Medical Equipment in Kuala Lumpur
To help biomedical engineering personnel and technicians sharpen their skills through hands-on classes, ECRI Institute is launching a new training program in Kuala Lumpur. The December program will cover infusion pumps, phototherapy units, and resuscitators. (Learn more about the program

Interested in the Integration of Medical Devices?
ECRI Institute is cosponsoring the Fifth Annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference & Exhibition in Herndon, VA, November 21-22, 2013. The conference and exhibition centers on the integration of medical devices and information systems. (Register now)

Free Patient Safety Organization Webinar Recording
Get the free recording of "Evidence Based Risk Management: Using a Patient Safety Organization to Validate Risk Management Efforts." The one and a half hour event took place on September 24, 2013. (View the free recording)

We Honor Materials Managers and Supply Chain Professionals
In honor of National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, October 6-12, we recognize the nation’s materials managers and supply chain professionals for the integral role they play in delivering high quality patient care throughout the healthcare industry.  

Manage the Challenges of Healthcare Construction Projects
Join us November 6th 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)

New Health IT (HIT) Resource Center Provides Guidance
With the increasing levels of data exchange and medical device connectivity, hospitals face new and daunting problems such as system incompatibilities and lost data. ECRI Institute collected useful tools on health information technology on our new HIT resource center. (View the new health IT resource center)

It’s Time to Get Serious about Alarm Fatigue
ECRI Institute can help you meet the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on alarm management. When should you start? How about now? The January deadline is right around the corner. (Learn more)

Used Medical Equipment Questioned in Rare Brain Disease Case
Five patients at a Cape Cod hospital are potentially at risk for a rare brain disease from contaminated instruments. Although it is common for hospitals to borrow equipment, “You have the same problems with loaned equipment as you do with your own instruments,” says ECRI Institute's Gail Horvath in The Boston Globe. (Registration required to view full article)

ECRI Institute Unveils Alerts Tracker Automatch™
Thousands of recalls are issued every year. New ECRI Institute system helps hospitals find recalled products faster and keep patients safer. (Read press release)

Looking to Gain a Competitive Edge Over Your Peers?
With our technology scorecards, hospitals and health systems can see how they stack up against other facilities with similar services. (Watch video) (Learn more
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ECRI Institute Named a Best Place to Work in Academia for 2013
ECRI Institute is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a best places to work in academia by The Scientist. The Top Workplaces are determined based on a nationwide survey. (Read more)

Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
“At Yankee Alliance, we test all of our contract pricing against the marketplace through the use of ECRI Institute’s solid benchmarking capabilities,” said Mark R. Scagliarini, chief supply chain officer in a recent Supply Chain Achievement Award presentation.” (Read about the eight winners)
 
Building a Technology Assessment Program
ECRI Institute can help hospitals and health systems determine if the medical equipment they’re considering will bring value to their organization based on their strategic goals and a thorough review of the evidence. (Watch video) (Learn more)
 
ECRI Institute Sponsors AAMI-FDA Summit on Healthcare Technology in Nonclinical Settings
AAMI and the FDA will convene a summit, October 9-10, in Herndon, VA to improve the safety and effectiveness of medical technologies used in homes and other nonclinical settings. (Join this summit and improve patient safety and device performance)
 
Surgical Robots – Training is Key in the Operating Room
“As is the case with any new medical or surgical technology, everyone on the surgical team needs specialized training in order to become competent with the tool,” says Gail Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, a patient safety analyst at ECRI Institute in a featured article in OR Today. (Read article)
 
An Open Invitation to ECRI Institute's Annual Conference
This year’s health policy conference, Data BIG and Small: What Healthcare Decision Makers are Using Now, will be held November 13-14, 2013, in Washington, DC. (View the video invitation from our president and CEO, Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD)
 
Emergency Management and Industrial Hygiene Covered in Denver Course
Join us for a Healthcare Environmental Management (CHEM) course, which provides certification and continuing education for acute and long-term healthcare environmental safety and security professionals. (Sign up for the September course at Children’s Hospital Colorado)

Columbus Regional Chooses Alerts Tracker to Streamline Recall Management
“Implementing Alerts Tracker has freed me from the day-to-day processing of individual alerts, which used to take 25% of my work week,” says Randy Black, clinical engineering manager for Columbus Regional Hospital. (Read case study)
 
Attend ECRI Institute’s San Diego Reception at AHRMM13
Visit booth #420 and find out about our three new resources to help supply chain professionals. Network with your peers, make new connections, and celebrate summer in San Diego's famous Gaslamp Quarter. (Get more details on our reception and RSVP now)
 
Getting Ready for Joint Commission’s Alarm Patient Safety Goal
ECRI Institute’s August 14, 2013 web conference will cover the new National Patient Safety Goal on alarm management. Experts from ECRI Institute, and The Joint Commission will tackle the important issues involved with this new patient safety goal. (Register for the event)
 
Come See Us at the Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit
Visit us in booth #202 to find out how we help our member hospitals save MILLIONS on capital and supply items. (Learn more)
 
Wall Street Journal: Doubting the Robots
“One of the major concerns is that there have been a few lawsuits against hospitals, focusing particularly on a lack of surgeon training,” said ECRI Institute’s Christopher Schabowsky in The Wall Street Journal (7/17/13). “This…has led hospitals to look back and say, ‘What can we do to improve safety?’” (Read article l ECRI Institute robotic webinar) 
 
What Does the Hospital of Tomorrow Need?
“The hospital of the future must treat service as a central principle and embed it in all the workflows throughout the enterprise, from delivering meals to transplanting organs,” says ECRI Institute COO Anthony Montagnolo in this month’s issue of Trustee. (Read article)
 
Take a Trip Back in Time with "Max"
The original crash cart, invented by our founder Joel Nobel, MD, was designed to save lives by enabling rapid medical action. The fashions and music may not have lasted the test of time, but MAX sure did -- it's now at the Smithsonian for a future exhibit. (Meet Max)
 
Predictive Replacement Planning for Medical Equipment
ECRI Institute can help hospitals and health systems perform critical reviews of their biomedical equipment inventory to predict their capital replacement budget based on clinical, life-cycle, and safety criteria, as well as the age of the equipment. (Watch video) (Learn more
 
Our European Office has Moved Just Around the Corner
As of July 15th, ECRI Institute’s European office has relocated to 29 Broadwater Road, Suite 104, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 3BQ, United Kingdom. The phone, fax, and e-mail remain the same. (View the new address)
 
Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
“We are thrilled and humbled to be recognized by ECRI Institute for our efforts to innovate and apply supply chain best practices,” said Brent Johnson, vice president, supply chain organization, Intermountain Healthcare, in a recent award presentation. (Read about the eight winners)
 
Too Much Noise from Hospital Alarms Poses Risk for Patients
“I think the main reason is the large growth in the use of monitors that have alarm-based features and the number of alarms that clinicians are needing to deal with,” says ECRI Institute VP James Keller, in a front page Washington Post article. (Read article)
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Miss Our Surgical Robot Webinar? View the Most Asked Questions
Increased surgical robot use has raised questions about the level of training that some surgeons receive before performing unsupervised robotic-assisted surgery. Our video answers some of the most popular questions asked about surgical robot training. (View the video l purchase the webinar)  
 
Free BRCA Gene Mutation Resource Center Now Available
ECRI Institute is offering free access to evidence-based information to help consumers, providers, and payers learn more about BRCA genetic mutations. In May, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy because she carries the mutation. (Visit the resource center)
 
Submitted Event Leads to Shared Learning and Safer Infants
ECRI Institute PSO received an event report involving an infant fall from a transport isolette. PSO experts provided support directly to the hospital that submitted the event and presented a webinar based on the issue for all member hospitals. (Read case study)
 
Personal Perspectives Kick off Risk Management Week
“Near misses involving my mother’s electronic health record made me pause,” writes Cindy Wallace in a blog post explaining a recent health IT experience. We salute Risk Management week with a free health IT related article and reinforce why best practices should be in place. (Read the blog post l Download the report)
 
Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
“We are very humbled with this recognition by ECRI Institute,” said Florence Doyle, vice president, supply chain management, Catholic Health East, in a recent award presentation recognizing CHE’s best practices in supply chain management. (Read about the eight winners)
 
Cybersecurity Risks and Medical Devices, Tightened Standards
"The federal government’s push for more hospitals and other providers to adopt electronic health records is also likely to increase connectivity — and risk," says VP Jim Keller, ECRI Institute, a patient safety organization that works with hospitals to improve medical-device and other technology safety. (Read Washington Post article)
 
NEW SELECTplus User Experience Network!
ECRI Institute's new decision-support resource for medical technology purchasers that shows user satisfaction rankings and other key purchasing information. The first module focuses on CT scanning systems, followed by physiologic monitor results to be announced soon. (Read press release)
 
The Affordable Care Act has Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Requirements
Health insurance exchange plan offerings may not be an option for hospitals that fail to contract with qualifying patient safety organizations by the federal deadline. But hospitals are still waiting for CMS to clarify the complex regulation, reports 
HealthLeaders Media. (
Read full article)
 
ECRI Institute is Exhibiting at the 2013 HFMA National Institute
Come see us in booth #1844 for a demo of our evidence-based solutions that can help you reduce operating and service contract costs. (Set up a time to meet at the show)
 
Human Factors Should be Addressed in Alarm Management
George Mills addressed the audience at AAMI’s Annual Conference on The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on alarm management. He noted that healthcare providers might not know what specific alarm signals mean, which can lead to confusion. (See how Mills credited ECRI Institute with alarm management guidance 
 
The Surgical Robot Invasion: Training and Safety
Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System is creating quite a buzz among the surgical community. Our web conference will help healthcare providers understand the training and credentialing necessary with the da Vinci. (Use “DJUN13” for $60 off the web conference)
 
ECRI Institute Exhibiting at Premier Breakthroughs 2013
Come see us in booth #1438 at Premier for a demo of our evidence-based solutions that can help you with capital and supply procurement. (Set up a time to meet at the show.)
 
Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
“Receiving ECRI Institute’s Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award is a significant honor for Baptist Health,” said Stan Swedberg, Baptist Health’s vice president for supply chain. (Read about the eight winners)
 
ECRI Institute Talks Alarm Management, EMRs, and More
Stop by booth #320 at AAMI 2013 in Long Beach, CA. Check out our sessions and speak to our presenters in the booth. (Click here for session information)
 
Announcing ECRI Institute’s 20th Annual Conference: November 13-14
This year’s free public service conference, “Data BIG and Small: What Healthcare Decision Makers are Using Now,” will be held in Washington, DC, at the National Academy of Sciences. (Register now)
 
Small Hospital Saves 20% on OR Inventory Supplies 
“ECRI Institute provides an excellent array of services to help us juggle the ever-increasing demands of cost containment on both medical supplies and capital equipment,” said Don Arbon, chief financial officer, Mid-Columbia Medical Center. (Read success story
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Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award Winner
"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)
 
View the Healthcare Product Comparison System Experience
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. (View a demonstration of the new HPCS platform. Learn more about HPCS.)
 
ECRI Institute is Exhibiting and Presenting on HIT at NPSF
Ronni 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 Released
New 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 Safety
A 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 Recall
Prompted 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)
 
Reports on Health IT and Medication Safety
Recommendations to reduce the potential for patient harm from health information technology and medication safety events are being offered for a limited time with a $100 discount. (Learn more about Patient Safety Awareness Week)
 
Top Patient Safety Strategies in Annals of Internal Medicine
New 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
 
Demand Grows for Advanced Mammography Systems
The average cost of digital mammography systems continues to rise as providers maintain interest in the 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis system, according to the most recent Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index. (Read Modern Healthcare article)
 
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)
 
Bipartisan Policy Center Briefing on Patient Safety, Health IT
ECRI Institute’s CEO Jeff Lerner joined Senator Tom Daschle, AHRQ's Carolyn Clancy, MD, and other national experts, at the Feb. 13 briefing to discuss BPC’s new report, An Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Health Information. (Watch Archived Webcast)
 
Eight Healthcare Organizations Honored for Best Practices in Supply Chain Management
Congratulations to our
2013 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award winners for demonstrating excellence in overall spend management and in adopting best practice solutions in their supply chain processes. (Read the Press Release)
 
2013 C-Suite Watch List Featured in Modern Healthcare
Modern Healthcare’s Feb. 18 article about ECRI Institute’s new Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2013 says, “much of the focus this year is on the economic impact of new technology on hospital margins.” (See “Balancing High Costs, Potential Savings”)
 
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 Hospitals
The 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
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 Researches Healthcare Horizon Scanning Methodologies
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 Index
How 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.

Modern Healthcare 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.



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