AI, data security make ECRI hazard list

Nonprofit healthcare consultancy Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) has released its list of the most pressing health technology safety hazards for 2024, which includes multiple concerns related to AI and data security that could apply to imaging.

Now in its 17th year, ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report identifies critical healthcare technology issues. The list gathers insight from incident investigations, reporting databases, and independent medical device testing.

The following is the top-10 list of hazards in ranked order by the institute:

  1. Usability challenges with medical devices in the home
  2. Insufficient cleaning instructions for medical devices
  3. Drug compounding without technology safeguards
  4. Environmental harm from patient care
  5. Insufficient governance of AI in medical technologies
  6. Ransomware as a critical threat to the healthcare sector
  7. Burns from single-foil electrosurgical electrodes
  8. Damaged infusion pumps risk medication errors
  9. Defects in implantable orthopedic products
  10. Web analytics software and the misuse of patient data
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