ECRI Institute Announces Launch of TruVu™ to Simplify Decision Making for Purchasing Medical Technologies

Aug 06, 2015, 13:15 ET from ECRI Institute

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deciding which medical technology to bring in to your hospital or health system is no easy task. These decisions are complicated and the technologies are expensive. ECRI Institute offers a solution with TruVu™, the newest addition to its SELECTplus™ suite of decision-making products.

TruVu, a breakthrough interactive decision support tool designed for supply chain and healthcare leaders, will officially debut at the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management AHRMM15 Conference and Exhibition in Indianapolis August 9 - 12, 2015.

TruVu accelerates and improves complex decision making, especially for the purchase of high-priced capital technologies, by engaging all stakeholders in an unbiased, transparent value-based process. TruVu combines the collective intelligence of ECRI Institute's respected technology and research experts with an intuitive, interactive, visual software platform that helps hospital value analysis teams, decision support staff, physicians, and C-level executives make objective, value-based decisions faster.

"Our new product is designed to help hospitals move away from emotionally-driven technology decisions made in the absence of scientific evidence and objective, accurate data," states Jennifer Myers, ECRI Institute's vice president of SELECT health technology services. "With TruVu, all stakeholders are heard and all criteria are weighed and analyzed in real time, even in virtual meetings across hospitals and systems. It is truly transforming the whole process of decision making."   

The University of Vermont Health Network sees strong potential for the new tool to enhance their process. "TruVu will make our entire decision-making process fully transparent and collaborative. The tool allows us to factor in all of the competing technical features and addresses our physicians' concerns, all in one simple, visual platform," says Charles Miceli, vice president and network chief supply chain officer.

TruVu enables stakeholders to play out "if, then" scenarios and see the immediate impact of a change to a product feature, service contract price, or physician preference on a technology selection or purchasing decision. With TruVu, users will be able to:

  • Weigh all criteria in one simple, shared application that shows data specifications, financial considerations, physician preferences, and product recalls or safety issues related to a technology under consideration
  • Strengthen their negotiating position with manufacturers and vendors
  • Compare accurate, up-to-date price benchmarks and functional equivalency on capital equipment and health information technology
  • Bring the best, safest, and most cost-effective solution into focus

TruVu expands ECRI Institute's proven suite of technology decision-making tools and personalized services that help hospital leaders achieve immediate cost savings without compromising patient care. Healthcare organizations worldwide rely on ECRI Institute's nearly 50 years of experience delivering strategic, evidence-based technology management guidance from selection and purchasing to maintenance and replacement.

For more information or a demonstration of the new TruVu™ decision support solution, please visit www.ecri.org/truvu, contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5287; by e-mail at select@ecri.org; by fax at (610) 834-1275; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. ECRI's European office can be contacted at info@ecri.org.uk; ECRI's Malaysian office can be contacted at asiapacific@ECRI.org; and ECRI's Middle Eastern office can be contacted at middleeast@ecri.org.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 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 (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute).

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