Technology and Patient Safety

  • Making Technology Safer 

    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, 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.

    This page is dedicated to providing resources and education designed to improve the safe and effective use of technology for better health outcomes.

  • Optimize the Safety of Your EHR

    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.

  • Additional Resources

    Use the resources listed below to learn how to reduce the risk of patient safety events related to health information technology.  

    Interactive Tools

  • Security

    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

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