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ECRI: Technology Issues for Hospital Executives to Watch this Year

January 3, 2012

ECRI Institute of Plymouth Meeting, PA, lists 10 health technology issues that hospital executives should have on their watch lists for 2012. The list takes into account the convergence of critical patient safety, economic, and regulatory pressures currently facing healthcare executives.

Technology issues on this year’s list span a variety of clinical and operational areas, including health IT, cardiovascular implants, minimally invasive surgical advancements, cancer therapies, and imaging and radiology services. According to the report, careful consideration of all the factors affecting whether and how to adopt these interventions will be crucial for short- and long-term strategic planning, cost-effective implementation, and optimal safety and effectiveness for patients.

“Technology is increasingly a top management concern, and is no longer confined to clinical and technical decision making. Themes emerging on our 2012 list reflect ongoing impacts of healthcare reform initiatives and new technology developments that emphasize patient-centered care,” said ECRI Institute President and CEO Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD.

“This list addresses safety improvements, interconnectedness of technology, personalized medicine tailored to individual care characteristics and preferences, and increasing cost pressures,” adds Lerner.

ECRI Institute’s Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2012, available for free download, contains executive-level overviews and ECRI Institute’s unbiased perspectives on complex and high-profile technologies and processes of care that are prominent and will continue to be so in the next few years. It complements ECRI Institute’s Top 10 Hazards report, which was issued separately.

ECRI Institute’s top 10 lists are designed to help hospital leaders prioritize their efforts.

Four of the technologies on ECRI Institute’s Top 10 C-Suite Watch List include:

Electronic Health Records: Is Your Hospital Making all the Right Connections?
Transcatheter Heart Valve Implantation: Is Your Hospital

Prepared for a Surge in Demand for Hybrid ORs?

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Is Leapfrogging from Film to 3-D Digital Mammography the Right Decision?

New CT Radiation Reduction Technologies: Are You Doing Enough to Slice the Dose and the Risk?

This year’s watch list draws upon ECRI Institute’s 43 years of experience evaluating the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies, and through the comparative effectiveness and health technology assessment work of its Evidence-based Practice Center.

The list reflects the unbiased, independent judgment of the Institute’s multidisciplinary staff of clinical and technical researchers, engineers, risk management specialists, and healthcare planners and consultants.

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