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The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has established workgroups for in-depth study of health IT events. These workgroups put together safe practice recommendations and toolkits to help make the use of health IT safer.

Patient Identification

The Partnership completed a deep dive of patient safety events reported to ECRI Institute PSO that pertain to patient identification. Patient identification errors can result in grave consequences including delayed or inappropriate care and misdiagnoses.

Eight safe practice recommendations detailing how health IT can facilitate patient identification were established and divided into two main areas: attributes and technology.

  1. Attributes: Recommendations surrounding attributes address the information-gathering aspects of patient identification, including the fields and the formats that are available to accommodate acquisition of required information.
  2. Technology: Recommendations involving technology address 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:

Copy and Paste

The issue of copying and pasting health information (e.g., orders, notes, labels) is widespread, often underreported, and has the potential to cause adverse patient safety events.

Four safe practice recommendations were agreed upon and endorsed by the multidisciplinary group of stakeholders.

Additional information about the safe practice recommendations and implementation strategies are available in:

Organizations and Providers Supporting the Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy and Paste

  • American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)
  • Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Allscripts
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
  • Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
  • athenahealth
  • Constellation
  • ECRI Institute
  • Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
  • Joint Commission
  • McKesson
  • MHA Keystone Center
  • Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
  • NextGen
  • Northwell Health
  • National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
  • PSOFlorida
  • St. Charles Health System
  • Tennessee Center for Patient Safety
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System