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Top 10 Hospital Technologies: C-Suite Watch List for 2009 and Beyond; Exclusive Insight on Critical Capital Decisions in ECRI Institute White Paper Available for Free Download

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute (, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, reveals its top 10 list of health technologies that hospital c-suite executives should have on their radar now. The just-released list takes into account the convergence of critical patient safety, economic, and regulatory pressures facing healthcare executives today.

The final 10 list includes today's hottest technologies and technology-related issues across a variety of clinical and operational areas, such as health IT, cardiovascular surgery, oncologic radiation, procurement, infection control, and imaging and radiology services.

ECRI Institute's Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues: C-Suite Watch List for 2009 and Beyond, available for free download, contains easy-to-read 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. The new executive report is intended to help guide healthcare leaders in planning for capital expenditures.

"Prioritizing is a tough but essential job for executives who face a squeeze on their capital budgets, insistent demand from clinicians concerned with patient care and personal income, and the wellbeing and strategic directions of their institutions," says Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D., president and CEO, ECRI Institute. "This difficult-to-compile ranking of 10 critical technologies will help them to pay close attention to technologies and issues that have a significant impact."

Four of the technologies on ECRI Institute's Top 10 List include:

  1. Electronic Medical Records: What should you be doing now?
  2. Hybrid Operating Rooms: How many of your ORs should have imaging capability?
  3. Ultrahigh-Field-Strength MRI and Premium-Slice CT: Do you really need them? Now?
  4. Therapeutic Hypothermia After Heart Attack, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury: Dawn of a New Era in Emergency Medicine?

In creating its first annual c-suite watch list, ECRI Institute drew upon its 40 years of experience in researching the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies, and the comparative effectiveness and health technology assessment work of its Evidence-based Practice Center staff of healthcare professionals and scientists.

For a complete list of the top 10 technologies, including overviews and perspectives, download the complimentary white paper, Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues: C-Suite Watch List for 2009 and Beyond, at no charge on ECRI Institute's Web site at

For information about membership in the Health Technology Assessment Information Service(TM), Health Devices System(TM), or for consultation with our Applied Solutions Group, contact ECRI Institute by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA; by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891; by e-mail at; or by fax at (610) 834-1275. ECRI Institute's European office can be contacted at, ECRI Institute's Asia-Pacific office can be contacted at, and ECRI Institute's Middle Eastern office can be contacted at

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 are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 40 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. ECRI Institute is designated a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-based Practice 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 Resources. For more information, visit

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