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Teaming Up For HIT Safety

by HealthLeaders Media News

HealthLeaders Media

Article excerpt

HIT Safety Concerns Mount Among Providers

Providers are not equipped to recognize, analyze, and learn from patient safety problems linked to the use of health information technology, according to speakers at a health services research conference in Boston [at the end of June].

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A Focus on Collaboration for Heightened HIT Safety

Increased use of health information technology holds obvious benefits, but some providers are also pointing to unintended consequences that are raising concerns about safety. There are a myriad of safety concerns related to HIT use according to speakers at a recent research conference in Boston; these include everything from technology to human error. What steps should you be taking to minimize these risks and assuage physician concerns?

Errors covered at the annual Academy Health meeting included those related to both technology and human error—both can be challenging to address. The Joint Commission’s 2015 report on HIT safety includes examples and suggested approaches for creating a culture of continual learning and improvement around patient safety. The role of external resources is also mentioned as a way to ensure that systems and processes are up-to-date and that best practices are being implemented. Close relationships with trusted vendors can help to minimize risk and provide peace of mind.