Patient Safety and Health information technology – Public Input Message

Any occurrences of how your health IT system has impacted patient safety (positively or negatively).

Lin, Herb February 14, 2011
Patient Safety and Health information technology – Public Input Message
Tell us ofAny occurrences of how your health IT system has impacted patient safety (positively or negatively).

Please circulate widely.
The Institute of Medicine Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology is seeking public input regarding user experiences with health information technologies to inform the committee’s deliberations.  Specifically, we are interested in the following:

  • Any occurrences of how your health IT system has impacted patient safety (positively or negatively).
  • Any “near-misses” in which your health IT system could have negatively impacted patient safety if the near-miss had not been caught in time.
  • Internal or external reporting mechanisms you use to communicate negative safety concerns.

Note that response to the questions becomes part of a public access file for the project and is potentially viewable by members of the public.  Please submit your comments to hitsafety@nas.edu.  Comments received by February 18 will be examined before the committee’s second meeting on February 24.<
The statement of work for this project is the following:
An ad hoc committee will review the available evidence and the experience from the field on how the use of health information technology (HIT) affects the safety of patient care and will make recommendations concerning how public and private actors can maximize the safety of HIT-assisted health care services. The committee will produce a report that will be both comprehensive and specific in terms of recommended options and opportunities for public and private interventions that may improve the safety of care that incorporates the use of EHRs and other forms of HIT.
HIT-assisted care means health care and services that incorporate and take advantage of health information technologies and health information exchange for the purpose of improving the processes and outcomes of health care services. HIT-assisted care includes care supported by and involving: EHRs, clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry, health information exchange, patient engagement technologies, and other health information technology used in clinical care.
More information on this project can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49285.
Or, contact me at the coordinates below.
thanks,
Herb Lin
hlin [[AT]] nas.edu
Chief Scientist, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
The National Academies
(202) 334-3191 voice || (202) 334-2318 fax ||
www.cstb.org
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