Tag: ECRI

Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 top 10 health technology hazards list

What is the purpose of the top 10 health technology hazards list, released every year by ECRI? “Our number one goal at ECRI is to reduce preventable harm,” stresses Jason Launders, MSC, former director of operations, device evaluation, at ECRI. “We know that every healthcare provider has a lot they…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 27, 2024
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Session: Fast-forward—ECRI’s top 10 health technology hazards

Editor's Note ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings, every year compiles and unveils a list of the top 10 technology hazards affecting patient care. The motivation for producing this list, according to Jason Launders, director of…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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ECRI: New survey shows medication, supply shortages are hurting patients

Editor's Note A new survey from ECRI finds that shortages of medications and medical supplies and equipment are harming patients, the nonprofit organization reported in an October 13 news release. ECRI surveyed nearly 200 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, procurement specialists, physicians, and nurses in July 2023. Following are some takeaways from…

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By: Brita Belli
November 2, 2023
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New Sentinel Event Alert focuses on preventing surgical fires

Editor's Note A new Sentinel Event Alert from The Joint Commission focuses on the continuing dangers of surgical fires, why they occur, and how to take preventative measures. The alert was issued on October 18. Some highlights include: There is no national repository collecting data on surgical fires, and little…

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By: Brita Belli
October 19, 2023
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ECRI announces Healthcare Supply Chain Excellence Award winners

Editor's Note ECRI, on August 2, announced the 12 winners of its 2023 Healthcare Supply Chain Excellence Award. The annual award recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve excellence in overall spend management and adoption of best practice solutions into their supply chain processes. The winners in alphabetical order are: Adventist Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2023
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ECRI announces 2023 Alerts Impact Award winners

Editor's Note ECRI, on May 18, announced the winners of its annual 2023 Alerts Impact Award. The Award is given to members of ECRI’s Alerts Workflow system for excellence in recall management. The system’s software is used by supply chain, clinical engineering, IT, pharmacy, lab, clinical departments, and ancillary-care points…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 22, 2023
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Heightened focus on cybersecurity amid ransomware attacks, data breaches

Editor's Note Cybersecurity remains a top concern and potential hazard for patient data. In February, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was attacked by a ransomware gang BlackCat, which has ties to Russia, Becker’s Health IT reports. The health system has since notified 627 individuals and will continue to…

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By: Lindsay Botts
May 18, 2023
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ECRI: Guthrie Clinic wins 2023 Health Technology Excellence Award

Editor's Note On May 4, ECRI announced that Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, Pennsylvania, is the winner of its 2023 Health Technology Excellence Award. The annual award honors an organization that implements an exceptional initiative to improve patient safety, reduce costs, and facilitate better strategic management of health technology. Guthrie Clinic won…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2023
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ECRI: Pediatric mental health crisis tops patient safety concerns

Editor's Note ECRI, on March 13, released its annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns, which identifies potential sources of danger for patients and healthcare staff. ECRI also provides detailed steps that organizations can take to prevent adverse incidents. Many of the concerns on the list are exacerbated by ongoing staffing…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2023
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Reduce wasted cost amid supply chain challenges

Editor's Note As supply chain challenges remain a top concern for health leaders in 2023, ECRI Institute shared three strategies to reduce wasted cost and maximize savings on February 28. Identify substitute products. Consider lower cost, functionally equivalent products and alternative suppliers. Work towards supply chain standardization. Access utilization. Review…

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By: Lindsay Botts
March 1, 2023
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