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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

 

 

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.
A Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Terminationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep0816.aspxA Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Termination8/26/2016 12:00:00 AMThe board chair of a California community hospital that recently faced near-termination from the Medicare program has a message for all healthcare organizations.

 Public Risk Management Alerts

 

 

CDC Brief Describes Rise in U.S. Preterm Birth Rateshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062018_CDC.aspxCDC Brief Describes Rise in U.S. Preterm Birth Rates2018-06-20T00:00:00Z ​From 2014 to 2016, the U.S. preterm birth rate—births at less than 37 weeks' gestation per 100 total births—rose 3%, from 9.57% to 9.85%, according to a June 2018 Data Brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
A Cruel Irony: Bullying in Healthcarehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062018_Bullying.aspxA Cruel Irony: Bullying in Healthcare2018-06-20T00:00:00Z The majority of healthcare providers report being bullied during work or medical school, according to a June 14, 2018, article in the New York Times.
The Clothes Make the Doctor: Patients Say Physician Attire Mattershttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061318_Clothes.aspxThe Clothes Make the Doctor: Patients Say Physician Attire Matters2018-06-13T00:00:00Z ​More than half of patients indicate that how a physician dresses is important to them, according to a new study in BMJ Open.
EConsult Systems Could Make Specialty Care More Accessible, But Also May Increase Primary Care Physician Burnouthttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061318_eConsult.aspxEConsult Systems Could Make Specialty Care More Accessible, But Also May Increase Primary Care Physician Burnout2018-06-13T00:00:00Z ​Although some primary care physicians were enthusiastic about the ability of an electronic consult (eConsult) system to increase access to specialty care providers, others were concerned that the system adds to their own workload, according to a study published in the June 2018 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Brain Death: Who Decides What "Dead" Means?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060618_Brain.aspxBrain Death: Who Decides What "Dead" Means?2018-06-06T00:00:00Z ​The definition, and even the concept, of brain death is undergoing public scrutiny, according to a May 28, 2018, article in The Wall Street Journal.
Video Observation versus Live Observation: Which Is More Effective at Improving Teamwork in the OR?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060618_video.aspxVideo Observation versus Live Observation: Which Is More Effective at Improving Teamwork in the OR?2018-06-06T00:00:00Z ​Recorded observations may not be as effective as live observations when it comes to promoting teamwork and communication in the operating room (OR), according to an article published in the June 2018 issue of Surgery.
"Subscribing" to the Patient in Room 328: New Tool Enables Clinicians to Act on Patient Information in Real Timehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts053018_Subscribing.aspx"Subscribing" to the Patient in Room 328: New Tool Enables Clinicians to Act on Patient Information in Real Time2018-05-30T00:00:00Z ​What if physicians could "subscribe" to their patients, the way we subscribe to online "feeds" about our favorite sports teams, stock quotes, or news alerts?
EMTALA Compliance during a Disaster: Updates from ASPR TRACIEhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts053018_EMTALA.aspxEMTALA Compliance during a Disaster: Updates from ASPR TRACIE2018-05-30T00:00:00Z ​Compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during a disaster is the subject of a May 7, 2018, updated fact sheet from ASPR TRACIE (the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response).
When Pregnancy Is at or beyond Term, Is It Safer to Induce or Keep Waiting?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052318_Pregnancy.aspxWhen Pregnancy Is at or beyond Term, Is It Safer to Induce or Keep Waiting?2018-05-23T00:00:00Z ​Although the optimal timing is not yet clear, a policy of inducing labor at or beyond term is linked to lower rates of perinatal death and stillbirth than is a policy of waiting for spontaneous labor or an indication for induction (called expectant management), according to a Cochrane review published May 9, 2018.
Could the Promise of a Day Off from Work Increase Flu Vaccination Rates?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052318_Flu.aspxCould the Promise of a Day Off from Work Increase Flu Vaccination Rates?2018-05-23T00:00:00Z ​Offering healthcare workers one day off from work as a reward for getting the flu vaccine was the intervention associated with the greatest increase in vaccination rates, according to a study in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection.