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ECRI Institute Releases Top 10 Health Technology Hazards Report for 2013
Date:11/5/2012

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While today's health technology advances provide countless new ways to improve patient care, some also create new opportunities for harm. And with the evolution of healthcare information technology systems such as electronic health records (EHRs), there's a growing level of complexity and opportunity for error.

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To help healthcare providers minimize the risk of technology-related adverse events, ECRI Institute (https://www.ecri.org), an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, announces the release of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list for 2013. The 24-page report is available as a free download with registration.

Now in its 6th year of publication, the annual Top 10 list is designed to raise awareness of the potential dangers associated with the use of medical devices and systems. A popular roadmap for healthcare providers to prioritize their technology safety initiatives, the list features key topics that warrant particular attention for the coming year with actionable recommendations on addressing them.

Five of the top 10 hazards explained in ECRI Institute's report are:

  1. Alarm hazards
  2. Medication administration errors using infusion pumps
  3. Unnecessary radiation exposures and radiation burns during diagnostic radiology procedures
  4. Patient/data mismatches in EHRs and other health I
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