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Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2022 Executive Brief

Learn how to identify and address health technology hazards in your facilities

ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list, now in its 15th year, identifies the potential sources of danger we believe warrant the greatest attention for the coming year and offers practical recommendations for reducing the risks.


The 2022 list includes many first-time topics, including several that build upon the key theme from our 2021 list–the need to build stronger and more resilient processes, leveraging innovations developed and lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis.

The No. 1 topic addresses what has become a persistent, critical challenge–cybersecurity. Specifically, the need to safeguard healthcare operations against near-certain attacks that go beyond disruption of business operations and pose a real risk of physical harm.

The list also includes critical issues with medical devices that can lead to medication errors, as well as how issues with PPE and Artificial Intelligence can impact patient safety. In addition, several topics on this year's list reflect challenges that have arisen as a result of the stresses and technological changes associated with addressing a global pandemic:

  • Supply chain shortcomings
  • Insufficient and poorly maintained emergency stockpiles
  • Suboptimal telehealth implementations

Are your patients at risk? Learn more about healthcare hazards and what you can do about them.

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