ECRI Institute Analyst Discusses Health IT Safe Practices in Long-Term and Postacute Care

July 6, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Although vendors of electronic health record (EHR) systems may blame problems on inadequate training, "sometimes it's not user error," said Lorraine Possanza, DPM, JD, MBE, senior patient safety, risk, and quality analyst and health information technology (IT) safety liaison, ECRI Institute. "Sometimes there's something about the system that may not be right. If you're not reporting that, no one will be working on that. We need to work together to make care safer." Possanza presented "Health IT Safe Practices: Recommendations from a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative" on June 28, 2016, at the American Health Information Management Association's Long Term and Post Acute Care and HIT Summit in Reston, Virginia; her presentation was covered in a June 28, 2016 McKnight's article along with a presentation on using claims data to develop business plans. She also noted other risks associated with the use of health IT and the importance of reporting events, near misses, and hazards.

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