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ECRI Institute Launches New User Experience Network for Medical Devices
Date:6/6/2013

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org) announces the release of its new SELECTplus User Experience Network—a comprehensive decision-support resource for medical technology purchasers with user satisfaction rankings and other key purchasing information. The User Experience Network is the latest enhancement to ECRI Institute's SELECTplus™ capital procurement advisory service used by nearly 2,800 hospitals and health systems worldwide.

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The first module focuses on CT scanning systems, showing rankings by vendor and model, feature-by-feature comparisons, member interest (market share), and average quoted prices.

"CT scanning has been one of the most widespread and useful technologies since the 1970s, and remains so today. Manufacturers have developed an extraordinary number of ways to adapt it, ranging from low-dose systems to equipment that combines capabilities like PET CT," states Jeffrey C. Lerner , PhD, president and chief executive officer, ECRI Institute.

"But when it comes to basic systems," adds Lerner, "our survey respondents find surprisingly few differences among competing brands and models as seen on the User Experience Network. This makes purchase price a more important factor in choosing a system than might have been expected."  

Unlike other user satisfaction rating services in the industry, the SELECTplus "portfolio" draws on the expertise of ECRI Institute's medical technology management experts, including radiologists, physicists, and financial analysts, as well as onsite laboratory testing of medical devices to reveal safety issues, alerts, and recall data on technologies being considered for purc
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