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Impactful improvements. Safer, equitable healthcare for all.

Despite our best efforts, challenges in safe care persist. Today, one in every four patients will suffer an adverse event during care, a quarter of which are avoidable. We can and must do better. Together, focusing on impactful improvements, we can build a safer, equitable healthcare system for all.

Our Mission and Vision

We're dedicated to advancing evidence-based healthcare globally for the benefit of patients everywhere. We see a world where safe, high-quality healthcare is accessible to everyone.  

As one of the foremost independent healthcare patient safety experts, we leverage expertise, spend and clinical data to lead the global effort to dramatically reduce preventable harm, make healthcare more transparent and accessible.

how it all began

A Passion For Preventing Harm

In 1963, tragedy struck during an ER internship when a defibrillator malfunctioned, costing the life of a four-year-old boy despite Dr. Joel Nobel's pleas for repairs. This spurred Dr. Nobel to create the MAX cart - an efficient emergency response system that has since saved countless lives - and led to the founding of ECRI and its first-of-its-kind independent device testing lab grounded in human factors engineering principles. At ECRI, this spirit of passionate ingenuity fuels our unwavering commitment to our mission, resonating through every aspect of our work.


ECRI Founded

Founded as Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), focusing on research in emergency medicine, resuscitation, and related biomedical engineering studies.


Collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO)

Designated a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in recognition of the ECRI’s achievements in advancing the safety and cost-effectiveness of patient care.


Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) Designation

Designated as one of nine Evidence-based Practice Centers by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Designation

Designated a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.


ISMP joins ECRI Family

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) joins forces with ECRI creating one of the largest healthcare quality and safety entities in the world.


Safeguarding the Future: Shaping a Post-Pandemic World

ECRI's ground-breaking COVID-19 free resource center provided life-saving information to healthcare professionals across the globe and has helped shape the way we approach our work in safety across the continuum of care.

A Message From Our CEO

Get ECRI's CEO, Marcus Schabacker's perspective on the key challenges and emerging concerns facing healthcare.

Our Leadership

How We Work

A team of 500 strong, united by shared values and the passion to accomplish better. OneECRI embodies our commitment to harness the full potential of our collective expertise and resources for the benefit of every client and the communities they serve. Across c-suite and frontline leaders alike, we collaborate with you to turn intentions into action and develop the capabilities you need to sustain the impactful changes we've achieved together.


Passionate about making healthcare better? So are we.

Join us on our journey to make safe, cost-effective, exceptional care for all a reality.

living our values

ECRI Cares

At ECRI, our values aren't just words—they're actions that touch lives every day. Through ECRI Cares, our volunteer program, our team comes together to make a real difference. From ensuring safe housing to supporting vulnerable mothers and babies, we live by our motto: Serving Together. Making a Difference. And through our work with Floating Doctors, we extend this impact globally, using our expertise to create lasting change in communities around the world.

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