ECRI Institute to Expand Global Reach in Middle East and Africa

ECRI Institute and ICME Healthcare agree to develop new markets in nine countries

February 26, 2019

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit authority on healthcare practices and products, is collaborating with ICME (International Consulting Management & Engineering) Healthcare to expand the use of independent medical device evaluations, patient safety guidance, and evidence-based technology management to nine countries in the Middle East and Africa.

The three-year contract, which begins April 1, 2019, empowers ICME Healthcare to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care in South Africa, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Ethiopia through healthcare membership programs and consultancy services.

“This initiative will help ECRI Institute expand the reach of our evidence-based medical device and patient safety programs and services globally,” says Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO, ECRI Institute. ECRI Institute already has overseas offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates.

More than 5,000 healthcare institutions and systems worldwide—including four out of every five U.S. hospitals—rely on ECRI Institute to guide their operational and strategic decisions to protect patients from unsafe and ineffective medical technologies and practices.

“These countries are striving to improve healthcare delivery and safety,” says Cyril Toma, MD, MBA, managing partner AMEA, ICME Healthcare. “ECRI Institute can provide them with the assurance they need to effectively procure and manage medical technology using trusted, evidence-based support.”

ICME Healthcare is a global strategic healthcare consultancy firm that provides healthcare advisory, consulting, and engineering services. They are headquartered in Switzerland and have four international locations.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, is an independent, trusted authority on the medical practices and products that provide the safest, most cost-effective care. For more than half a century, ECRI Institute has built its reputation on rigorous evidence-based research, with an unwavering dedication to strict conflict-of-interest policies and transparent reporting of its findings. 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. Visit and follow @ECRI_Institute.

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