ECRI Institute Creates Stakeholder Collaboration for Health IT Safety

April 11, 2014 in News

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization has created a group of health care stakeholders to develop a framework to identify and address health IT safety issues, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 4/9).

About the Collaboration

Participating organizations include:

  • American College of Physician Executives;
  • American Health Information Management Association;
  • American Medical Information Association;
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation;
  • Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems;
  • California Hospital Patient Safety Organization;
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society;
  • Institute for Safer Medication Practices;
  • Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality;
  • Michigan Hospital Association PSO;
  • Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety;
  • National Patient Safety Foundation;
  • Ohio Patient Safety Institute;
  • PSO of Florida;
  • Tennessee Center for Patient Safety; and
  • Virginia PSO (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/10).

In addition, the collaboration will consist of an advisory panel of patient safety experts, including:

  • Chris Lehmann of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center;
  • David Bates of Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
  • Dean Sittig from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center;
  • Hardeep Singh from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center;
  • Nancy Leveson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • Pascale Carayon from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering;
  • Peter Pronovost from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;
  • Tejal Gandhi from the National Patient Safety Foundation; and
  • Terhilda Garrido from Kaiser Permanente.

Initiative Details

Through the collaboration, ECRI has constructed two web-based systems to receive and distribute information from members that will be promoted by the associations.

Ronni Solomon, executive vice president and general counsel at ECRI, noted that electronic health records can have “unintended consequences that must be understood.” She added, “Our goal is to figure out what kinds of events are happening and why, and how we can improve on them” (Health Data Management, 4/9).

Karen Zimmer, ECRI’s medical director, said, “We will now be able to analyze similar issues but through different lenses and better identify the breaks in the process that may only be apparent to one stakeholder” (Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/10).

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