ECRI Institute Speaks at American Society Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference

William Marella | Scott Lucas

October 9, 2018

Overview

In two different sessions during the American Society Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference, ECRI Institute experts will tackle some of the big challenges that today's patient safety and risk management professionals face.

William Marella, executive director, PSO operations and analytics, will lead a session entitled Meeting Patients' Behavioral Health Needs in Acute Settings on October 9, 2018. In this session, Marella will discuss the shortage in acute hospital beds licensed for psychiatric care, the drive to deinstitutionalize patients with behavioral health diagnoses, and the other factors producing unacceptable and unsustainable conditions for patients. Marella will also cover the steps provider organizations can take to increase their capacity to handle challenging behavioral health patients.

During a session entitled Surgical Patient Contamination: Incident Investigation and Material Identification, Scott Lucas, director, accident forensic investigation at ECRI Institute, and Gail Horvath, senior patient safety analyst at ECRI Institute, will discuss hospital acquired infections and the associated patient harm and financial loss. In this session on October 9, 2018, Lucas and Horvath will outline the investigation methodologies needed to rule out many potential contributing factors in contamination cases.

For a more detailed look at each of these sessions and others, view the American Society Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference Schedule.

Visit the ECRI Institute booth during the American Society Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference and Exhibition for information on how our experts can assist you with your patient safety needs.

Agenda & Speakers

William Marella, MBA, MMI

Executive Director, PSO Operations and Analytics

William Marella oversees the activities of ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and the safety surveillance program of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA). He leads teams of clinicians, risk managers, analysts, and informaticians in collecting and analyzing millions of safety events and working with diverse stakeholders to develop and implement actionable preventive recommendations. Marella serves on the Steering Committee for the Partnership for Health IT Safety.

Scott Lucas, PhD, PE

Director, Accident Forensic Investigation

Scott Lucas has consulted in catastrophic events in the automotive, aerospace, maritime, and healthcare industries. He responds to critical healthcare incidents to help leadership determine causation and prevent recurrence. Lucas has leadership responsibility for his group and for planning and operations at ECRI Institute. Lucas publishes, lectures, and provides training on medical device accident investigation in domestic and international venues. Lucas has degrees in mechanical, biomedical, and biomechanical engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer.

Location

Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Organizers

The Association for the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference and Exhibition will bring together healthcare risk management thought leaders and field experts to share their successes, challenges, and best practices. In two different sessions during the American Society Healthcare Risk Management 2018 Conference, ECRI Institute experts will discuss some of the big challenges faced by today's patient safety and risk management professionals.

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