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.
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:
Safe Practice Recommendations for Developing, Implementing, and Integrating a Health IT Safety Program
Health information technology (IT) is an integral part of healthcare today. Development and use of these technologies can both positively and negatively affect patient safety. All stakeholders can play a significant role in identifying new ways to incorporate technology’s use to provide safer care. It is only by working collaboratively that it will be possible to see the benefits of incorporating health IT safety and safety lessons into a safety program.
The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety examined the need for integrating health IT into a safety program. The Partnership sought to identify and mitigate what exists below the surface. In doing so, Partnership members developed three safe practice recommendations for developing, implementing, and integrating health IT into a safety program.
Read the draft safe practice recommendations and toolkit and provide comments to email@example.com to help make health IT safer.
Coming Soon—Safe Practice Recommendations for Closing the Loop: Using Health IT to Mitigate Delayed, Missed, and Incorrect Diagnoses Related to Diagnostic Testing and Medication Changes
New test results (laboratory, pathology, and imaging) and other new information, such as medication changes, strongly benefit from closing the loop. Closing the loop includes all mechanisms which ensure that all patient data and information that may require an action are delivered and communicated to the right individuals at the right time through the right mode to allow interpretation, critical review, reconciliation, initiation of action, acknowledgement, and appropriate documentation.
The Partnership workgroup, chaired by Expert Advisory Panel member, Christoph Lehmann, MD, Vanderbilt University, identified issues, discussed practices, identified strategies, and are assembling the recommendations and tools for implementation.
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Together We Will Make Health IT Safer
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Partnership, contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 825-6000.