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The dirty truth of hospital cleaning: thin science

The dirty truth of hospital cleaning: thin science

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 11, 2015

U.S. hospitals are evaluated on their ability to reduce the incidence of infections patients acquire during their stays, but there's surprisingly little evidence suggesting the best method to disinfect surfaces in patient rooms.

Demand for 3-D boosts digital mammography system prices

Demand for 3-D boosts digital mammography system prices

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 06, 2015

The average price providers paid for digital mammography systems was up 22% between February and April, compared with the same period last year, fueled by increasing interest in 3-D systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Hospitals paying less for CT scanners

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 27, 2015

The average price paid for CT scanners was down 20.9% in the first quarter this year, driven by increased interest in lower-end scanners, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

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.

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