Electronic Health Record Safety: Developing Framework-Based Measures and Identifying Best Practices

R21 LM 012448 (PI – Allison B. McCoy, PhD 2016-2018) Billions of dollars have been spent on implementing health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHRs) with the promise of improved patient safety and reduction of healthcare costs, but recent reports have highlighted potential challenges and unintended consequences of these technologies. Effective measurement of of potential hazards can overcome existing barriers to detecting potentially unsafe system conditions and implementing interventions within these systems to prevent medical errors. We propose to define a pilot set of measures, based on a National Quality Forum endorsed HIT safety framework, for assessing EHR safety and identify barriers and facilitators to implementing the measures and reporting best practices.

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