Four Rivers, ECRI Institute produce real-time tracking and alert interfaces
Four Rivers Software Systems, a provider of computerized maintenance management systems for the healthcare industry, and ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, announce the availability of new, real-time interfaces for their inventory management and hazard and recall alert applications.

This integration offers hospitals new interfaces between:
  • Four Rivers’ TMS and ECRI Institute’s Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS), a standard international nomenclature and computer coding system for medical devices;
  • Health Devices International Sourcebase manufacturer codes and Alerts Tracker, a web-based, automated patient safety system for alert and recall management that offers inventory management and effective response to alerts and recalls; and
  • Four Rivers’ TMS and ECRI Institute’s UMDNS and Sourcebase manufacturer codes for more accurate capital equipment inventory control.
“Because these two products can now be integrated, users are able to look up ECRI Institute codes from within TMS via a real-time link to ECRI Institute’s web data,” said James P. Keller, vice president, health technology evaluation and safety, ECRI. “Healthcare facility clinical engineers will save a tremendous amount of time managing equipment. And importantly, they can reduce hospital risk and improve patient safety by more effectively responding to hazard and recall alerts.”