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Hospital systems are evolving into healthcare systems. Your risk management systems need to evolve, as well.

You've always needed to keep your patients safe every step of the way. But today, every step of the way covers a lot more ground. We can help you address your top challenges like those in our annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns. Learn more in our video about some of the topics covered in the Top 10.
 

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HRC Spectrum is an integrated risk management service designed for the new world of healthcare. Your team will have access to our unique perspective on risks in every setting and at every transition. Our team has been in your shoes and knows first-hand what it takes to ensure safety, every step of the way. No other service delivers the experience and resources that HRC Spectrum offers:

  • Physician Practices: ECRI has assessed more than 850 physician practices, and has identified major issues that can put patients at risk—things like missed and delayed diagnoses—and also some of the strategies that can help fix those issues. HRC Spectrum brings this experience to the guidance it offers across the whole program.
  • Discharge Processes: More than a third of events related to care coordination occurred during or after the discharge process, based on events reported to ECRI Institute PSO. These events often involve processes like medication reconciliation. HRC Spectrum can help risk managers hone in on those vulnerabilities and work across the whole system to make improvements.
  • Aging Services: ECRI's experience with aging services providers around the country has confirmed that risk managers have to work with each other and with colleagues in other settings to effectively ensure the safety of residents.

That's why HRC Spectrum looks at the same issue from more than one angle, with separate guidance articles on high-risk areas, such as infection control and falls, that are unique to each care setting. We examine issues through the lens of a specific situation while taking a more global view.

Connect your Care Settings

Your hospital system may not have much experience with private practices or continuing care facilities, but we do. Call: (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891 or email: clientservices@ecri.org.

 Evidence-based tools, analyses, and strategies

​Access to the HRC Spectrum website includes:
  • Self-assessment questionnaires to help you evaluate current risk management and patient safety processes
  • In-depth risk analyses with patient safety/risk management action recommendations, interactive tools, links to related resources
  • Ready-to-use education and training tools to get staff in line with your improvement efforts
  • Sample policies and procedures to tailor to your needs
  • Weekly e-newsletter with the latest industry news, legal case notes, device problem reports, and literature abstracts
  • Personalized consultation through telephone, e-mail, or fax. Call on our in-house experts in patient safety and risk management for help with your toughest challenges

 Case Studies

 Sample Content

 

 

The Contest That No One Wonhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep0618.aspxThe Contest That No One Won8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​Seven of the top architecture firms in Boston came together to design the perfect patient room in order to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.
Violence in Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/SafSec3.aspxViolence in Healthcare Facilities5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Violence in healthcare facilities creates a multitude of risks for patients, visitors, staff, and the organization. This guidance article discusses warning signs and presents strategies for prevention of and response to violence.
Partnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact https://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/Proceedings2017.aspxPartnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact 2/27/2017 12:00:00 AM ​In its third annual meeting, The Partnership for Health IT and Patient Safety updated attendees on implementing and testing the recommendations included in the copy and paste toolkit, as well as the Partnership's new safe practice recommendations for the use of health IT in patient identification.

 Public Risk Management Alerts

 

 

Hurricane Florence Presents Numerous Challenges for Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091918_Hurricane.aspxHurricane Florence Presents Numerous Challenges for Healthcare Facilities2018-09-19T00:00:00Z ​Dozens of hospitals and nursing homes in the Carolinas evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence last week, according to a September 12, 2018, article from CNN.com.
Transgender-Specific Healthcare Providers Can Make It Easier For Potential Patients to Find Themhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091918_Transgender.aspxTransgender-Specific Healthcare Providers Can Make It Easier For Potential Patients to Find Them2018-09-19T00:00:00Z ​Healthcare organizations need to do a better job identifying their providers who offer care for transgender patients, said Jarrett Sell, MD, AAHIVS, medical director of Alder Health Services, Harrisburg, PA, at the fall conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management in Hershey (September 15, 2018).
Speaking the Same Language: Doctors Should Write Letters to Patients in Plain Languagehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091218_Language.aspxSpeaking the Same Language: Doctors Should Write Letters to Patients in Plain Language2018-09-12T00:00:00Z ​Doctors should write their outpatient clinic letters in plain English, according to a September 2018 initiative from the United Kingdom's Academy of Royal Medical Colleges.
Hospital System's Perinatal Safety Interventions Lead to Sustained Reduction in Adverse Eventshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts091218_Perinatal.aspxHospital System's Perinatal Safety Interventions Lead to Sustained Reduction in Adverse Events2018-09-12T00:00:00Z ​A multihospital system's initiative to reduce obstetrical high-risk events was effective in decreasing events at its 37 hospitals immediately after the initiative's introduction and continued to lower adverse events once the initiative had been fully adopted.
Delirium Affects Half of Cardiac Surgery Patients, Lasts for a Yearhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090518_Delirium.aspxDelirium Affects Half of Cardiac Surgery Patients, Lasts for a Year2018-09-05T00:00:00Z ​A small, single-facility study found that not only does delirium affect half of cardiac surgery patients, its effects may last for a year postoperatively. These findings are published in the September 2018 issue of Anesthesiology.
Healthcare Is Going to the Dogs (and Miniature Horses): Law Firm Answers Questions about Service and Comfort Animalshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts090518_Dogs.aspxHealthcare Is Going to the Dogs (and Miniature Horses): Law Firm Answers Questions about Service and Comfort Animals2018-09-05T00:00:00Z ​Healthcare providers' "most biting questions" about service and comfort animals are answered by the law firm Baker Donelson in an August 2018 article.
"By No Means Have I Changed My Vax Stance": Nurse Posts about Patient’s Measles on Social Mediahttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082918_Vax.aspx"By No Means Have I Changed My Vax Stance": Nurse Posts about Patient’s Measles on Social Media2018-08-29T00:00:00Z ​A Texas hospital is investigating one of its nurses after discovering that she posted in an anti-vaccine Facebook group about a patient who tested positive for measles, according to an August 29, 2018, article from ABC News.
Study Finds EHR Installation May Affect Physician and Patient Satisfaction with Care Quality, Information Flow, Work Processeshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082918_EHR.aspxStudy Finds EHR Installation May Affect Physician and Patient Satisfaction with Care Quality, Information Flow, Work Processes2018-08-29T00:00:00Z ​Installing an electronic health record (EHR) may cause both greater physician satisfaction and increased patient dissatisfaction, according to a study published in the August 2018 issue of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Study Offers Guidance on Appropriate Use of Indwelling Urinary Catheters to Reduce CAUTIhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082218_Urinary.aspxStudy Offers Guidance on Appropriate Use of Indwelling Urinary Catheters to Reduce CAUTI2018-08-22T00:00:00Z ​A panel of physicians and nurses has defined three scenarios for appropriate use of indwelling catheters with a goal of minimizing their use and reducing the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to a study published August 12, 2018, by BMJ Quality & Safety.
Report Finds Radiologists Named in 15% of Diagnosis-Related Claims, Suggests Guidelines to Improve Patient Carehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts082218_Report.aspxReport Finds Radiologists Named in 15% of Diagnosis-Related Claims, Suggests Guidelines to Improve Patient Care2018-08-22T00:00:00Z ​Radiologists played a role in 15% of diagnosis-related claims, 80% of which involved the misinterpretation of clinical tests, according to the August 2018 issue of the Red Signal Report, published by Coverys, a medical professional liability insurer.