SAFER EHRs: A Video Introduction to the SAFER Guides

A short video created by Westat for the ONC that describes the SAFER Guides which are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas: High Priority Practices, Organizational Responsibilities, Contingency Planning, System Configuration, System Interfaces, Patient Identification, […]


Webinar: ISQua on “Making Health Information Technology SAFER”

Here is a link to a webinar presented to the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). The webinar provides an introduction and overview of the USA’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) sponsored SAFER Guides (Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience) project presented by Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH and Dean F. Sittig, PhD.

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Arthur Allen in Politico Morning eHealth: Software Act Could Create Safety Problems

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that the laboratory graphs displayed by many commercial electronic health records present information in potentially dangerous ways and could create serious safety problems. The authors urged ONC to stringently oversee testing of the software. Read the complete article: […]


Graphical Display of Diagnostic Test Results in EHRs: A Comparison of 8 Systems

Accurate display and interpretation of clinical laboratory test results is essential for safe and effective diagnosis and treatment. In an attempt to ascertain how well current electronic health records (EHRs) facilitated these processes, we evaluated the graphical displays of laboratory test results in eight EHRs using objective criteria for optimal […]


Timothy Kelley writes in “Managed Care” re: Can Computers ‘Do No Harm’?

Health information technology is improving patient safety. It can also help to create new kinds of errors, which may potentially harm patients in a phenomenon some are calling “e-iatrogenesis.” These known incidents may be just the tip of a large iceberg. Lawsuits, real or worried about, mean some reports may […]


Avoiding EHR-Related Unintended Consequences

Video presentation on “Avoiding EHR-Related Unintended Consequences” at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania in 2012. Click to see the video: Avoiding EHR-Related Unintended Consequences


SAFER Electronic Health Records: Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience

SAFER Electronic Health Records: Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience Electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to improve the quality and safety of health care. Since the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), organizations are adopting EHRs at an unprecedented rate. While […]