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In 2013, ECRI Institute convened the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative whose purpose is to make health information technology (IT) safer together. In the short time since, the Partnership has become the focal point for the collaborative efforts of many groups, including healthcare providers, health IT developers/vendors, academic researchers, patient safety organizations, medical malpractice insurers, and professional societies.

The Partnership is proving successful at bringing together and engaging major stakeholders in collaborative efforts to make health care safer together.  As part of these successes, the Partnership has established a stellar expert advisory committee, engaged providers, captured and analyzed reported data, prioritized health IT safety topics, formed specialized workgroups, developed a process for creating safe practices, and published recommendations and implementation strategies. The Partnership meets quarterly and continues to meet annually and publish proceedings from those annual meetings discussing findings and current efforts being conducted.

Learn more about how the Partnership has advanced Health IT Safety through:

What’s New from the Partnership

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $3 million to ECRI Institute for a three-year effort to boost the safe design, implementation, and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology. This new grant supports three years of groundwork by The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. Read more in our press release. The Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit Moore.org or follow @MooreFound.

Health IT Safe Practices: Copy and Paste—Results from a Partnership multi-stakeholder workgroup identified the unsafe aspects of copy and paste in the electronic health record. The following materials are now available:

Coming Soon: Annual Meeting and Workgroup on Patient Identification—The Partnership completed a deep dive of over 10,000 patient safety events reported to ECRI Institute PSO that pertain to patient identification. Proceedings from the 2016 annual meeting and the "Safe Practices: Patient Identification" will be made available on this site in early 2017.

Goals of the Partnership

The Partnership strives to build upon the recommendations set forth by various reports—ONC (2016, 2015, 2014), FDASIA (2014), BPC Oversight Framework recognizing and suggesting ways to facilitate health IT safety (2013), IOM (2011); The Partnership has no regulatory or enforcement powers. Rather in this non-punitive learning environment the focus is on health IT patient safety and utilizing health IT to provide enhanced quality and safer care.

In order to fulfill these goals, the Partnership:

  • Studies health IT-related events and hazards to generate new knowledge
  • Identifies and shares promising solutions and safe practices
  • Works with health IT vendors, providers and provider organizations, patient safety organizations, practice experts, industry leaders, and professional associations
  • Evaluates the use of safety reporting systems, including: Health IT Hazard Manager and the AHRQ Common Formats for health IT
  • Allows policymakers, patients and the broader healthcare community to learn more about the barriers and challenges associated with building a safety reporting system for health IT and an eventual center for health IT safety

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.