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

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:

  1. Attributes: the information-gathering aspects of patient identification, including the fields and the formats that are available.

  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:

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 hit@ecri.org or (610) 825-6000.

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 About the Partnership

​Learn more about the Partnership and the foundations that lead to its formation.

 Support and Funding

​The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety is sponsored in part through a grant from the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation (JKTG) for Health and Policy and in part through funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

 

 

 Sumitting Events

Partnership participants can submit events through your membership portal.

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 Proceedings, Newsletters, and Reports

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

Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety Update—Monthly, participants receive information about Partnership activities as well as a targeted "data snapshot" looking at health IT-related events and providing some areas of thought on those topics:

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.

 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.

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