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Workgroups, established by the Partnership for in-depth study of health IT events, have developed safe practice recommendations and toolkits. These resources are intended to help healthcare providers across the continuum of care address key Health IT issues.

Patient Identification

The Partnership completed a deep dive of patient safety events reported to ECRI Institute PSO that pertain to patient identification. Patient identification errors can result in grave consequences including delayed or inappropriate care and misdiagnoses.

Eight safe practice recommendations detailing how health IT can facilitate patient identification were established and divided into two main areas: attributes and technology.

  1. Attributes: the information-gathering aspects of patient identification, including the fields and the formats that are available to accommodate acquisition of required information.
  2. Technology: new technologies to improve identification and ways to leverage existing technologies for safe patient identification.

Additional information about the safe practice recommendations and implementation strategies are available in:

Copy and Paste

The issue of copying and pasting health information (e.g., orders, notes, labels) is widespread, often underreported, and has the potential to cause adverse patient safety events.

Four safe practice recommendations were agreed upon and endorsed by the multidisciplinary group of stakeholders.

Additional information about the safe practice recommendations and implementation strategies are available in:

Outside support for the copy and paste recommendations:

Support for the Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy and Paste

​American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)​Henry Ford Health System
​Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)​Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
​American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)​Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
​Allscripts​Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
​American Medical Association (AMA)​Joint Commission
​Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS)​McKesson
​American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)​MHA Keystone Center
​American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)​Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
​American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)​NextGen
Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS)​Northwell Health
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)​National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
athenahealth​PSOFlorida
Constellation​St. Charles Health System
ECRI Institute​Tennessee Center for Patient Safety
Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)​University of Pennsylvania Health System