ECRI Institute’s New CrossCHEQ™ Gives Unbiased Guidance on Supply Alternatives

Healthcare supply chain executives can now find functionally equivalent medical-surgical supplies and implants to help improve quality and lower costs

June 6, 2017

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI Institute announces the release of CrossCHEQ™, the latest addition to its proven suite of data-driven technology solutions. CrossCHEQ is the first service to offer unbiased guidance on equivalent alternatives for medical-surgical supplies and implants.

CrossCHEQ takes buyers beyond the limited scope of products that purchasing organizations and distributors offer by covering the U.S. market's full range of products for key categories. The information helps healthcare executives make more accurate, timely, and cost-effective purchasing decisions.

“Smart supply management is not just about getting low prices. Executives are also seeking unbiased comparisons on suitable alternatives to make more informed buying decisions,” says ECRI Institute’s Timothy Browne, director, PriceGuide. “PriceGuide, now with CrossCHEQ, fills the need in a way no other service can with trusted and comprehensive data.”

With the new CrossCHEQ advancement, users can quickly see alternatives for products they are currently buying. The service includes brand-name comparison charts for a broad range of categories, including artificial heart valves, pacemakers, synthetic mesh, needleless connectors, disinfecting caps, and many more.

By comparing key performance indicators, buyers can identify opportunities for standardization and better respond to unexpected product outages.

“It solves a patient safety issue, too. When products are out of stock or recalled, supply chain buyers have to scramble to find similar products to fill the gap. CrossCHEQ makes it fast and easy to select suitable alternatives,” says ECRI Institute’s Amanda McShea, manager, PriceGuide.

CrossCHEQ, the only supply alternatives resource providing unbiased, independent guidance on the most important supply categories, is backed by the judgement and knowledge of ECRI Institute’s subject matter experts including clinical and biomedical engineers, physicians and nurses, pricing analysts, patient safety experts, and statisticians.

CrossCHEQ is an add-on service that seamlessly integrates with PriceGuide, ECRI Institute’s industry-leading price benchmarking service for medical-surgical supplies and implants.

To learn more about CrossCHEQ, visit To request pricing or a demonstration, please contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5362; by e-mail at, or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, 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. ECRI Institute convened and operates the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative.