ECRI Institute Experts Present on Health IT and Patient Safety at the IHI National Forum

Robert Giannini | Patricia Giuffrida

​December 9, 2018


While the utilization of information technology (IT) has transformed healthcare, it also left hospitals and health systems open to new risks. Anticipating and mitigating the unintended consequences of developing and using health information technology (IT) must be the focus of a strong health IT safety program.

During the IHI National Forum, Robert Giannini, patient safety analyst and consultant at ECRI Institute, and Patricia Giuffrida, patient safety analyst and health information technology liaison at ECRI Institute, will lead a session titled Embedding Health IT Into Your Safety Program. In this session, the speakers will discuss ways to identify health IT as patient safety/risk management issues, strategies to develop, implement, and integrate health IT, and safe practice recommendations.

Visit the ECRI Institute booth during the IHI National Forum for information on how our experts can assist you with your patient safety needs.

Agenda & Speakers

Robert Giannini, NHA, CHTS—IM/CP

Patient Safety Analyst and Consultant

Robert Giannini previously served as a patient safety officer and specialist and as a nursing home administrator for several health systems. He has over 30 years of experience in quality and performance improvement leadership in the areas of medication safety and health information technology. Giannini has also provided consultative services to the neurosciences and geriatrics service lines and to pharmacy departments, emergency/trauma centers, and adult day health services.

Patricia Giuffrida, RN, MSN, CPHIMS

Patient Safety Analyst and Health Information Technology Liaison

Patricia Giuffrida has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, having worked in multiple settings in the healthcare industry including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and physician practices. In those settings, she has worked as a Registered Nurse, Practice Administrator, Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation Specialist, EHR Director, and Project Manager. Before joining ECRI Institute, she was employed by Academic Urology LLC as the Electronic Health Record Director.


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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care will bring together visionaries, leaders, and experts from around the globe to share their experiences and discuss improvement science methodologies. Clinicians, physicians, nurses, quality managers, and patient safety officiers will have the opportunity to learn through practical examples and discover actionable strategies.