The faster a hospital responds to a product safety alert or recall, the safer its patients are. But how can busy hospital staff quickly see which ones have the potential to affect their patients?
The ECRI Institute has announced the release of Automatch for Equipment, the newest enhancement to its Alerts Tracker automated recall management solution used by hospitals and health systems worldwide. Alerts Tracker with Automatch automatically identifies equipment models and supplies within a health care facility’s inventory that are impacted by an alert or recall, and notifies designated department staff.
“We were the first to automatically match alerts automatically to a hospital’s supply inventory data,” states Eric Sacks, ECRI Institute’s director of health care product alerts. “We are excited to announce that with the release of Automatch for Equipment, we can now match each alert to our member hospitals’ inventory of affected equipment models as well, providing a more complete patient safety solution.”
Automatch promotes efficiency, reliability, and enhanced patient safety for hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), physician practices, and other health care providers who are challenged with managing, distributing, and addressing thousands of alerts and recalls that may or may not affect them. It dramatically reduces the need for manual inventory database searches.
“We have a very strong and loyal community of Alerts Tracker member hospitals who share their problems and challenges around recall management with us every day,” continues Sacks. “By developing innovative solutions like Automatch for Equipment, we are helping them to address those challenges head on.”
Alerts Tracker Automatch for Equipment cleans the data in a hospital or health system’s inventory by matching it to ECRI Institute’s standardized database of medical devices. This eliminates duplications and disparities upfront.
The experienced Alerts Tracker team offers ongoing support to its members with personalized implementation, expert reporting tools, and guidance on developing sound policies and practices.
Alerts Tracker Automatch for Equipment officially debuted at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation AAMI 2016 Conference and Expo.
For more information or a demonstration of the Alerts Tracker Automatch for Equipment, visit www.ecri.org/alertstracker, contact ECRI Institute by telephone at 610-825-6000, ext. 5891 or by email at email@example.com.
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