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ECRI Institute is one of only 13 institutions/organizations designed as an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). ECRI Institute has held this designation since the inception of the EPC Program in 1997.

In December 2014, ECRI Institute was awarded a new 5-year contract for the ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine EPC. Under this new contract, ECRI Institute continues its partnership with Penn Medicine (the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine) and a woman-owned Small Disadvantaged Business.

Underpinning clinical recommendations

As an EPC, ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine develops evidence reports, systematic reviews, and horizon scans, and assembles and conducts technical expert panel meetings in support of several of the reports. Projects conducted under the EPC Program cover a breadth of health conditions, medical/surgical treatments, health services, and medical technologies, and are used by clinicians, policymakers, health system leaders, and other healthcare professionals as a means to underpin clinical recommendations and inform coverage decisions.

Effective Health Care Program

ECRI Institute was one of the very first EPCs to develop a comparative effectiveness review for AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program. This program supports the work performed under Section 1013 of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, which authorizes AHRQ to conduct and support research with a focus on outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness of devices, prescription medications, diagnostic tests and healthcare services. The reports produced under this program are subject to intense public scrutiny.

View and download EPC reports published by ECRI Institute