The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety is a multi-stakeholder collaborative whose goal is to make health information technology (IT) safer together. By bringing together providers, vendors, professional organizations, human factor experts, and others the Partnership considers all perspectives to address health IT safety concerns.
The Partnership collects and analyzes health IT safety hazards and events. Health IT issues are prioritized and specialized workgroups are formed. These workgroups use the data collected to create safe practices, publish recommendations, and develop implementation toolkits.
is currently working to:
New patient identification toolkit now available. The Partnership completed an in depth analysis of patient identification events reported to ECRI Institute PSO. Eight safe practice recommendations detailing how health IT can facilitate patient identification were established in two key areas:
Attributes: the information-gathering aspects of patient identification, including the fields and the formats that are available.
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:
Proceedings from the 2016 annual Partnership meeting newly available. These action-oriented proceedings include discussion points, tools, and best practices. By providing actual tools to support systems safety, the Partnership aims to accelerate uptake and spread improvements.
New workgroups planned for 2017. The first workgroup, which began in February, focuses on developing and maintaining a health IT safety program.
The second workgroup, planned to start in May, involves closing the loop on diagnostic testing (labs, radiology, and pathology) and referrals and aims to mitigate diagnostic error using health technology. The goal is to fill the void that is often created when follow-up is lacking.
Together We Will Make Health IT Safer
For more information or to join the Partnership, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 825-6000.