​PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—The ECRI Institute's 2017 Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch Listnew and emerging healthcare innovations of 2017 come with a lot of promises. And, just like every other year, hospital leaders must remain vigilant about what to bring into their hospitals—and what to keep out. However, separating the facts from the hype isn’t easily done alone.

ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, announces the release of its annual Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List to help hospital leaders make tough decisions about new and emerging technologies in 2017 and beyond.

Available as a free public service, the list gives hospital leaders evidence-based perspectives on new and emerging innovations that promise to deliver safe and cost-effective patient care. Each entry includes actionable recommendations in a quick-glance “What to Do” section.

“As new technologies come and go, ECRI remains steadfast in its mission to keep healthcare leaders’ technology decisions tethered to their patients’ needs while keeping an eye trained on evidence-based research,” says Diane C. Robertson, director, Health Technology Assessment Information Service, ECRI Institute.

In its 2017 list, ECRI Institute examines 10 topics poised to affect care delivery over the next 12-18 months:

  1. Liquid Biopsies: The New Wave of Genetic Testing?
  2. Opioid Addiction: Can Technology Predict Risks of Addiction and Relapse?
  3. The Belly of the Presurgery Beast: An Initiative to Improve Outcomes and Costs of Abdominal Surgery?
  4. Right-sizing Your Hospital: Is It Time to Refresh Your Purchasing and Implementation Processes?
  5. Seeing the Disinfecting Light: Will Compact Deep Ultraviolet-C LEDs Zap Disinfection Rates?
  6. Pepper, the Emotional Robot: Do You Have a Spot for Artificial Intelligence on Your 2017 Payroll?
  7. Robotic Surgery: Could a Pricey Patient-repositioning Table Improve Workflow and Outcomes?
  8. Adjusting the Endoscopy Picture: Is a New Imaging Technique a Better Way to Visualize Tissue Malignancies?
  9. Crohn’s Disease: Will Immunotherapy and Stem Cell Therapy Rescue Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Symptoms?
  10. Sticking It to Diabetes: Will Novel Vaccines Prevent or Cure Type I Diabetes in Children and Adults?

“Navigating new technologies is one of the biggest challenges we hear about from hospital leaders,” says Robert P. Maliff, director, Applied Solutions Group, ECRI Institute. “They simply can’t afford to miss the mark on which clinical advancements to bring in to improve patient care.”

The watch list draws upon ECRI Institute’s nearly 50 years of experience evaluating and providing technical assistance on the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies. It reflects the unbiased, independent judgment of the Institute’s multidisciplinary staff of clinical and technical researchers, engineers, risk management specialists, healthcare planners and consultants.

ECRI Institute invites the press to learn more about the issues on this year’s watch list by attending its media event, "Dismantling Device Dangers, Forecasting New Innovations," on Tuesday, January 31, at its headquarters in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Reporters will have the unique opportunity to interact with our health technology assessment, hospital consulting, patient safety, and medical device evaluation experts.

Professionals are also encouraged to join ECRI Institute’s LinkedIn Group, “Emerging Healthcare Technologies in Patient Care,” for further discussion of these topics.

ECRI Institute’s 2017 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List is available for download at www.ecri.org/2017watchlist (registration required). For additional information about the watch list or ECRI Institute’s evidence-based research, patient safety resources, and technology support services, contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5655; by e-mail at consultants@ecri.org; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.


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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute).

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