HIT Partnership

Overview Description

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.

The Partnership is currently working to:

What’s New from the Partnership

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 hit@ecri.org 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

For more information or to join the Partnership, contact us at hit@ecri.org or (610) 825-6000.

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 Collaborating organizations

Who is part of the Partnership? 

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 Submitting Events

Partnership participants can submit events through your membership portal.

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 Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety Update

 Proceedings and Reports

Annual In-Person Partnership Meetings: findings, discussions and agendas from these meetings are made available in proceedings from these meetings.

ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Health Information TechnologyECRI Institute PSO report, intended to help stakeholders use the findings and recommendations as part of their effort to achieve those goals.

How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health ITAn ONC white paper intended to help healthcare organizations lay the foundation for a process to identify health IT hazards, using both internal and external resources written by ECRI Institute and Partnership participants.

External Resources

 Videos of participants

​Participants and leaders from the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety have been spreading the word about the work being done by participating in videos for ECRI Institute and the media.

 Early Partnership Activities

Learn more about how the partnership was formed and early activities completed.

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