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Hospitals paying more for electric beds

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 27, 2015

The average price that healthcare facilities paid for electric beds was 45% higher in February compared with the same month last year. The increase was fueled by interest in beds designed for intensive-care units, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Health IT among ECRI's top 10 patient-safety concerns

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

Alarm fatigue and missing or incomplete electronic health-record data are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from ECRI Institute.

Demand wanes for higher-cost angiography systems

Demand wanes for higher-cost angiography systems

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 20, 2015

The average cost of angiography systems dropped 25% in January compared with the same month last year, as buyers showed less interest in purchasing higher-end systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Device prices fall as hospitals' leverage grows

By Michael Sandler  |  February 28, 2015

The median prices for selected costly hospital products dipped in 2014 as hospital supply-chain leaders continued to negotiate tougher deals and clamp down on physician-preference items.

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 31, 2015

Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.

New models send spinal cord stimulator prices up 8%

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 23, 2015

Hospitals are facing higher prices for spinal cord stimulators, used to treat patients with chronic pain, since two manufacturers launched more complex versions of the devices in 2013, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Stent average price drops in a competitive market segment

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 18, 2014

The average price paid by hospitals for drug-eluting stents fell 6% over the last year as hospitals continue to push back on the prices of physician preference items, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Recall management poor at hospitals

Recall management poor at hospitals

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 22, 2014

As the number of medical-device recalls has rapidly increased, so has the complexity of the recalls. That is raising questions about safety and risks for hospitals that mostly still track and locate faulty products manually.

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 13, 2014

The average price of computed tomography systems went up 15% in the past month as more hospitals purchased high-end scanners, including two new premium models that have been on the market for less than a year, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

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