Device design takes the spotlight among 2024’s top health tech hazards

Medical devices for use at home are among the top health tech hazards. [Photo by tata_cos via Stock.Adobe.com]

Medical device design is a leading cause — and solution — to some of the top health tech hazards of 2024, as identified by the device evaluation group at the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI).

ECRI said it developed its list based on reports of medical-device-related events (including adverse events and near misses), lab testing of devices, observations and assessments of hospital operations, literature reviews and conversations with clinicians, clinical engineers, device suppliers and other key stakeholders.

“The topics chosen are not necessarily the most frequently reported problems or the ones associated with the most severe consequences — although we do consider such information in our analysis,” ECRI explains in its report. “Rather, the list reflects our judgment ab…

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