HHS makes progress on Health IT Safety Plan with release of the SAFER Guides
ONC today released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. These guides are a suite of tools that include checklists and recommended practices designed to help health care providers and the organizations that support them assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs.
The release of the SAFER Guides marks an important milestone in the implementation of the HHS Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, which was issued in July 2013. The SAFER Guides complement existing health IT safety tools and research developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and ONC. AHRQ’s Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) have explicitly identified health IT as a high priority area because of the enormous impact EHRs are having on patient safety right now. PSOs are charged to help their members improve patient safety, and the SAFER Guides give them an evidence-based tool to do so.
The SAFER Guides are available at http://www.HealthIT.gov/saferguide. Also, read the SAFER Guides blog http://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/electronic-health-and-medical-records/... by Jacob Reider, ONC Chief Medical Officer.
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