The ONC just released the “Health IT Safety Center Roadmap: Collaborate on Solutions, Informed by Evidence,” a plan that defines the Center’s focus, functions, governance, and value. The ONC contracted with RTI International to convene a task force of health IT safety experts, patient advocates, clinician users, health IT developers, health care organizations, and others relying upon their insights in crafting the Roadmap.
The task force identified many health IT safety-related activities for the national Center to support. Ronni Solomon, JD, executive vice president and general counsel, ECRI Institute, participated on the task force and steering committee. The Roadmap task force included several other members of the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety Expert Advisory Panel, including Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, National Patient Safety Foundation; Dean F. Sittig, PhD, School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX; and Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; and Marilyn Neder Flack from AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Foundation), one of the Partnership’s Collaborating Organizations.
In their July 21 Health Affairs article, "The Health IT Safety Center Roadmap: What’s Next?", Dean Sittig and Hardeep Singh commented on the next steps forward saying, “Safe and effective implementation and use of health IT within a complex adaptive healthcare system is a monumental, sociotechnical challenge.” They noted also that it is important to have “trusted space where stakeholders [can] convene to review evidence and jointly develop solutions to critical health IT safety issues” echoing what was stressed by the task force. Sittig and Singh noted the work of the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety supported by the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation (JKTG) for Health and Policy to be a “promising approach” that “should be adopted by others if successful.”
The report’s theme—“collaborate on solutions, informed by evidence”—captures the main focus of the proposed Center. The Partnership is achieving this through data collection, analysis, single-topic solution-focused workgroups, disseminating learnings and through regular meetings of the Partnership.