Top 10 technology issues for healthcare in 2013

Safety and capital expenditures addressed

A new Watch List from ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches approaches to improving patient care, provides a roadmap to 10 technology issues that healthcare leaders should have on their radar in 2013 and beyond.

“ECRI Institute’s Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2013,” available for free, reflects ongoing impacts of healthcare reform initiatives and new technology developments. Some of the technologies represent significant capital investments, such as PET/MR. Others, including mobile health, metabolic surgery, and low-dose computed tomography lung screening, might greatly affect operations and care patterns.

“New demands for information and clinical technology are top issues for executives, and objective perspectives are critical,” says Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD, president and chief executive officer, ECRI Institute. Technology issues on this year’s watch list include:

1. Electronic health records (EHRs): You’ve achieved meaningful use, but how safe are your EHRs?

2. Mobile health: What exactly is it, and what can it do for me?

3. Alarm integration technology: Will you be able to reduce alarm fatigue and improve alarm management?

4. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery: Is the transcatheter aortic heart valve (TAVI) ready for liftoff?

5. Imaging and surgery: What imaging won’t be done in an OR?

6. PET/MR: The hybrid that everyone has to have?

7. Bariatric surgery: Is it a cure for Type II Diabetes?

8. Supply chain: Will MR-compatible pacemakers explode your supply expenses?

9. Radiation dose safety: CT dose limbo dance — how low can you go?

10. Lung cancer screenings: Enough lung capacity to get in the race?

Robert Maliff, director of applied solutions, ECRI Institute, said, “Hospital leaders should ask if new technology or procedures really improve patient care and make it a less costly patient-care experience.”

ECRI Institute’s “Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2013” is available for download at Registration is required.