HHS moves toward safer electronic health records

By John Pulley

December 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a road map for making electronic health records and other health IT safer for patients.

The Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan was released Friday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The draft plan recommends actions organized under three strategies, according to an HHS news release: increasing the quantity and quality of data about health IT safety; targeting resources and corrective actions to improve safety; and promoting a culture of health IT safety.

Strategies in the document, as outlined in a fact sheet, include:

“This report will help all of us better use health IT to deliver high quality care and improve patient safety,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health IT.

Comments on the draft are due by Feb. 4.


By John Pulley

December 26, 2012

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