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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

 

 

Emergency Preparedness: Planning and Mitigationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/SafSec6.aspxEmergency Preparedness: Planning and Mitigation11/27/2018 12:00:00 AM Emergency preparedness includes planning, preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery. This guidance article discusses planning and mitigation. Organizations should take an all-hazards approach to planning for facility- and community-based natural and human-made disasters. Participation in annual community-based drill exercises is mandatory.​
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.

 Public Risk Management Alerts

 

 

They Exist for a Reason: The Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections Is Complying with Protocolshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts120518_Exist.aspxThey Exist for a Reason: The Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections Is Complying with Protocols2018-12-05T00:00:00Z ​Strict compliance with wound decontamination and patient preparation protocols is a critical element in reducing surgical site infection following knee replacement surgery, according to a study in the December 2018 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Banned Abroad, OK in the USA: Devices Deemed Unsafe in Other Countries Approved by FDAhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts120518_Banned.aspxBanned Abroad, OK in the USA: Devices Deemed Unsafe in Other Countries Approved by FDA2018-12-05T00:00:00Z ​Devices found to be problematic in another country are occasionally still approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a November 27, 2018, article from NBC News.
A Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card”: USA Today Looks at Doctors Suspended in One State, Practicing in Anotherhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts120518_Jail.aspxA Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card”: USA Today Looks at Doctors Suspended in One State, Practicing in Another2018-12-05T00:00:00Z ​More than 250 doctors who surrendered their medical license in one state are practicing in another state, according to a November 30, 2018, article in USA Today.
Culture Change: Patients Should Be Empowered to “Stop the Line”https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112818_line.aspxCulture Change: Patients Should Be Empowered to “Stop the Line”2018-11-28T00:00:00Z ​Patients should be empowered to “stop the line" when they suspect something is wrong with their care, according to a November 22, 2018, editorial in BMJ Safety and Quality.
Sales Reps in the OR: Costly Guests or Valuable Experts?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112818_Sales.aspxSales Reps in the OR: Costly Guests or Valuable Experts?2018-11-28T00:00:00Z ​Medical device sales representatives are common in the operating room (OR), but healthcare organizations are questioning how appropriate their presence is, according to a November 23, 2018, NPR article.
Nurse Workload, Particularly Subjective Workload, Linked to Missed Nursing Care in NICUhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112118_Nurse.aspxNurse Workload, Particularly Subjective Workload, Linked to Missed Nursing Care in NICU2018-11-21T00:00:00Z ​Increased subjective workloads for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses were consistently associated with missed nursing care for infants, according to a November 12, 2018, study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Mass Shooting Leaves Four Dead, Including Two Hospital Employees and a Police Officerhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts112118_Shooting.aspxMass Shooting Leaves Four Dead, Including Two Hospital Employees and a Police Officer2018-11-21T00:00:00Z ​Four people—a doctor, a pharmacy resident, a police officer, and the gunman—were killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital on November 19, 2018, according to news reports.
California Wildfires: Hospital Safely Evacuated Patients, But What about Staff?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111418_California.aspxCalifornia Wildfires: Hospital Safely Evacuated Patients, But What about Staff?2018-11-14T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals across California are dealing with the effects of a series of wildfires that have sprung up across two parts of the state, according to a November 9, 2018, release from the California Hospital Association.
A Band-Aid: Medical Scribes Could Reduce EHR-Related Burnout, But Long-Term Solutions are Neededhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts111418_EHR.aspxA Band-Aid: Medical Scribes Could Reduce EHR-Related Burnout, But Long-Term Solutions are Needed2018-11-14T00:00:00Z Use of medical scribes could mitigate burden related to electronic health record (EHR) documentation and subsequent burnout, according to a study in the November 2018 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Four Steps Hospitals Can Take to Reduce Maternal Mortalityhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts110718_Four.aspxFour Steps Hospitals Can Take to Reduce Maternal Mortality2018-11-07T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals can take four steps to reduce maternal mortality, according to the authors of a November 1, 2018, perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.