ECRI Institute and Data Leverage Group Collaborate to Streamline Healthcare Value Analysis

Nov 08, 2013, 12:06 ET from ECRI Institute

Alliance introduces evidence-based data into product request workflows in hospitals and health systems

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute, a nonprofit that researches the best approaches to patient care, announces a new agreement with Data Leverage Group, which specializes in value analysis workflow solutions for hospitals and health systems.


Through this agreement, ECRI Institute's unbiased, evidence-based clinical, cost, reimbursement, and safety data will be incorporated into product request workflows for surgical supplies and physician preference items, including implants, in Data Leverage Group member hospitals.

"ECRI Institute's alliance with Data Leverage Group will give their clients quicker access to high-quality data, which relieves them of the time-consuming research that's required of hospitals to make the best decisions they possibly can on the products they're considering," says Timothy Browne, director, ECRI Institute.

Data Leverage Group's Value Analysis Management Software System ® (VAMS®) supports healthcare organizations in the management of their value analysis processes.

"Simplification and alignment of our customers' value analysis processes have always been part of our mission. This collaboration makes it easy for value analysis professionals to seamlessly connect their clinical evidence due diligence efforts with their internal value analysis implementation processes. This partnership keeps our clients focused on their mission: to select only the products that will enhance their bottom line and improve patient care," says Stephen B. Kinsella, president, Data Leverage Group, LLC.

With a wide-ranging spectrum of available data on surgical supplies and physician preference items, including implants, ECRI Institute will make its published data fully accessible for members of Data Leverage Group. They will also have the opportunity to request custom, product-specific research.

To learn more about this agreement or ECRI Institute's value analysis services, visit; or contact Timothy Browne by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5118; by e-mail at; or by fax at (610) 834-1275.

About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 45 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter ( For more information, visit

About Data Leverage Group
Data Leverage Group, the leader in cloud-based, value-analysis project management solutions, delivers the most comprehensive, user-friendly, value-analysis program on the market that assists healthcare providers to continuously optimize their supply utilization throughout their organization. Powered by the VAMS® Solution platform, users are unifying their value-analysis and supply-chain processes, policies, procedures, and due-diligence efforts from one single point of access. For more information about Data Leverage Group and its products, visit