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ECRI Institute Advises Hospitals on How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Medical Device Connectivity

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, presents "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Medical Device Connectivity," a live web conference on October 12, 2011, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET.


Medical device connectivity can help hospitals meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Meaningful Use criteria in an efficient manner. The patient safety, cost saving, and productivity gains expected from the adoption of EHRs rely heavily on having access to accurate, timely information directly from medical devices. ECRI Institute has also begun to test for connectivity as part of our world renowned medical device evaluation program.

This 90-minute web conference features presentations by ECRI Institute experts focusing on how healthcare facilities can plan for successful medical device integration. Presenters will discuss best practices for connecting physiologic monitors, vital signs monitors, and infusion pumps to EHRs and hospital information systems, and more.

Presenters will provide:

  • Tools and resources for planning connectivity projects
  • Guidance on moving information from the medical device to the EMR
  • A review of the device features that best support connectivity
  • A discussion of key connectivity-related standards that hospitals should follow

Presented by All ECRI Institute Staff Members
James P. Keller, Jr., MS, Vice President, Health Technology Evaluation and Safety

Chris Lavanchy, Engineering Director, Health Devices Group
Barbara Majchrowski, MHSc, PEng, Senior Project Engineer
Erin Sparnon, MEng, Sr. Project Officer, Health Devices Group
Ramya Krishnan, Project Engineer, Health Devices Group

This web conference is intended for healthcare leaders, nurses, risk managers, medical directors, clinical staff, pharmacy directors, biomedical engineers, education directors, materials managers, IT directors, and other healthcare professionals. The web conference format encourages team participation for the same low fee. Live and on-demand participants will receive a free copy of ECRI Institute's Health Devices 2011 guidance article.

ECRI Institute will offer live updates from the event on Twitter at #EIConf.

To learn more, or to register for this web conference, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA. ECRI Institute also offers free resources in our free eNewsletters.

ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, brings the discipline of applied scientific research to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best, all to enable health care organizations to improve patient care. As pioneers in this science, they pride themselves in having the unique ability to marry practical experience and uncompromising independence with the thoroughness and objectivity of evidence-based research. ECRI Institute is an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO, listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to achieve the highest levels of safety and quality in healthcare by collecting and analyzing patient safety information and sharing lessons learned and best practices. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

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