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ECRI partners with Nuvolo on medical device standardization

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 21, 2021 Health IT
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization that provides technology solutions and evidence-based guidance to healthcare decision-makers worldwide, announces a collaborative partnership with Nuvolo, the global leader in modern cloud-based Connected Workplace solutions. The partnership integrates ECRI’s medical device data standardization with Nuvolo Connected Workplace for Healthcare.

The automated process for standardization of medical device data in a customer’s computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is designed to resolve technical and time-consuming challenges that clinical engineering teams face in managing equipment maintenance and recall notifications.

Ensuring accurate information about medical device classification, model, and manufacturer information across the organization is critical for efficient tracking related to device safety, security, and replacement planning. Without common device data formats and normalized data, the effectiveness of maintenance programs can be difficult to measure and manage.

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“Accurate inventory quality and data integrity is crucial to improving the management and resolution of the more than 3,000 recall alerts issued each year,” says Michael Argentieri, ECRI’s vice president of technology and safety. “We expect our partnership with Nuvolo will drive improvements in patient safety, as well as operational efficiencies.”

Nuvolo will enable automatic standardizing of device data by connecting the customer’s Nuvolo CMMS system to ECRI’s Inventory Standardization membership program. ECRI’s membership helps healthcare teams maintain referential integrity and increase the quality of inventory data. In addition, ECRI’s standardized device data improves the efficiency of capital planning and protects against cybersecurity threats across an entire fleet of devices.

“Once enabled, the ECRI standardization integration will constantly look at new devices as an organization grows, and continue to ensure standardized identification of new and existing devices. This provides the organization with the clean data it needs to operate smoothly,” says Heidi Horn, vice president of healthcare product marketing at Nuvolo, and chair of the AAMI Technology Management Council (TMC).

About ECRI
ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings. With a focus on patient safety, evidence-based medicine, and health technology decision solutions, ECRI is respected and trusted by healthcare leaders and agencies worldwide.

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