Erin Sparnon

Engineering Manager, Health Devices
ECRI Institute
As an Engineering Manager in ECRI Institute’s Health Devices Group, Erin Sparnon leads a team of engineers and analysts in the testing and evaluation of medical devices as well as accident and forensic investigations involving device failures. She also provides consulting services for hospitals and health systems and coordinates with ECRI’s risk and patient safety departments to help shape EHR and HIT safety initiatives. Since joining ECRI Institute in 2002, Ms. Sparnon has focused on reducing medication errors through research and education, including dozens of comparative evaluations and guidance articles published in ECRI Institute’s Health Devices journal. She has spoken on infusion safety technologies and medical device integration at several national conferences hosted by groups such as the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Ms. Sparnon also contributed research to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority as a Senior Patient Safety Analyst, co-authoring a landmark survey analysis of safety events related to the electronic health record (EHR). This study has received national attention as one of the first large-scale surveys of EHR-related risks and hazards. She also authored studies on errors related to the use of default values in EHR and on errors related to hybrid electronic-and-paper workflows.