TMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology (HIT) has identified patient-safety related events caused by technology as an important initiative for TMA. The importance of this issue is heightened now that EHRs are universally installed across the U.S. health care system.
In 2017, TMA joined the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety (Partnership), a multi-stakeholder collaborative whose goal is to make health information technology safer together. The Partnership’s activities include analyzing health IT-related safety hazards and events and using what is learned to develop safer products and practices. In November 2020, ECRI announced that the Partnership will discontinue its efforts after Dec. 31, 2020.
This page is dedicated to providing resources and education designed to improve the safe and effective use of technology for better health outcomes.
Keep Your EHR SAFER With These Guides (Texas Medicine Today, Mar. 13, 2018)
EHR Customization Can Threaten Patient Safety (Texas Medicine Today, Mar. 20, 2018)
2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations (ECRI Institute)
EHR Copy and Paste and Patient Safety (AHRQ)
The SAFER Guides are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas:
• High Priority Practices• Organizational Responsibilities• Contingency Planning• System Configuration• System Interfaces• Patient Identification• Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support• Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up• Clinician Communication
The recommended practices in the SAFER Guides are intended to be useful for all EHR users, developers, patient safety organizations, and others who are concerned with optimizing the safe use of health IT.
Use the resources listed below to learn how to reduce the risk of patient safety events related to health information technology.
Listen to the three-part podcast series developed by workgroup leaders of The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. Workgroups established by the Partnership for in-depth study of health IT events have developed safe practice recommendations.
Safe Practice Recommendations for Developing, Implementing, and Integrating a Health IT Safety Program (ECRI Institute)
Health IT Safe Practices (ECRI Institute)Recommendations and implementation toolkits to make health IT safer
Protect your practice from health information leaks or breaches, and know what to do if they occur.
Are You Prepared for a Computer Virus Incident? (E-Tips, Nov. 12, 2015)
Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
Security Risk Assessment Tool (HealthIT.gov)
Online encryption guide launched by AMA
Got technology questions? Contact the HIT Helpline.
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