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Ref.No. [Initiator]
USA-200 [Headquarters]
Status
Discontinued
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety, Risk Management and Health Care Technology

Director / Head: 
  Ms. Ronnie Solomon
 




Institution:
 
  Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)
Address:
  5200 Butler Pike
  19462-1298
  PA
Town:
  Plymouth Meeting
Country:
  USA
Region:
  AMRO
Phone:
  (1-610) 825 6000
Fax:
  (1-610) 834 1275
Web Site:
  http://www.ecri.org
Date of Designation:
  01/Oct/1987
Last Redesignation:
  24/May/2007
Date of Discontinuation:
  06/Jun/2011
Terms of Reference:
  1. To serve as a center of excellence for WHO to support research & the implementation of research findings in patient safety, health care technoloy & risk management. 
  2. To establish and coordinate the medical device safety program, consisting of the establishment of a centralized database reporting a system for medical device adverse events & near misses from countries, the analysis of such reports, the issuance of recommendations & safe practices for preventing such problems, & the promotion of the program to countries. 
  3. In order to enhance information exchange on medical device safety, procurement & management, to develop, maintain, & promulgate in various languages a universal medical device nomenclature system (UMDNS) and grant WHO rights to use such system. 
  4. To provide training programs in technology assessment; planning, procurement, & management of medical equipment; & in related application of information & software. 
  5. To support ongoing global harmonization & patient safety work by providing on-site technical assistance & consultation support in its areas of expertise to ministries of health, national regulatory authorities, nongovernmental organizations, & health care & academic institutions. 
  6. To further develop, expand & maintain its library & information resources & continue to serve as the WHO Healthcare Technology Archives, & to facilitate public access to these resources. 
  7. To identify & disseminate health care standards & guidelines, & facilitate worldwide accessibility to them by serving as the WHO Healthcare Standards & Guidelines Archives. 
  8. To serve as an information clearinghouse, provide advisory services & technical support on patient safety, risk management & health care technology for various levels.     
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Subjects:
  1. Patient safety 
  2. Health Technology (including laboratory services; but excluding blood safety) 
  3. Health systems research & development 
Types of activity:
  1. Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.) 
  2. Development and application of appropriate technology 
  3. Training and education 
WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 11.1 - Formulation and monitoring of comprehensive national policies on access, quality and use of essential medical products and technologies advocated and supported.
  Ower: 11.2 - International norms, standards and guidelines for the quality, safety, efficacy and cost effective use of medical products and technologies developed and their national and/or regional implementation advocated and supported.
  Ower: 11.3 - Evidence based policy guidance on promoting scientifically sound and cost-effective use of medical products and technologies by health workers and consumers developed and supported within the Secretariat and regional and national programmes.
Responsible Officer:
  VELAZQUEZ BERUMEN Adriana
Phone:
  +41 22 79 11239

Technical Counterpart:
  FITZGERALD James
Phone:
  1-202-974-3282
Email:
  fitzgerj@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork