ONC recently released its Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan for public comments, which are due by Feb 4, 2013. Comments can be sent to ONC.Policy@hhs.gov.
The report can be found HERE, as well as a brief Fact Sheet. The report is related to the IOM's 2011 recommendations from Health IT & Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.
Patient safety objectives
- Use health IT to make care safer
- Continuously improve the safety of health IT
Increase the quantity and quality of data and knowledge about health IT safety
- Make it easier for clinicians to report patient safety events and risks using EHR technology.
- Engage health IT developers to embrace their shared responsibility for patient safety and promote reporting of patient safety events and risks.
- Provide support to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to identify, aggregate, and analyze health IT safety event and hazard reports.
- Incorporate health IT safety in post-market surveillance of certified EHR technology through ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs).
- Align CMS health and safety standards with the safety of health IT, and train surveyors.
- Collect data on health IT safety events through the Quality & Safety Review System (QSRS).
- Monitor health IT adverse event reports to the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.
Target resources and corrective actions to improve health IT safety and patient safety
- Use Meaningful Use of EHR technology to improve patient safety.
- Incorporate safety into certification criteria for health IT products.
- Support research and development of testing, user tools, and best practices related to health IT safety and its safe use.
- Incorporate health IT safety into medical education and training for all health care providers.
- Investigate and take corrective action, when necessary, to address serious adverse events or unsafe conditions involving EHR technology.
Promote a culture of safety related to health IT
- Develop health IT safety priority areas, measures, and targets.
- Publish a report on a strategy and recommendations for an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework for health IT.
- Establish an ONC Safety Program to coordinate the implementation the Health IT Safety Plan.
- Encourage state governments to incorporate health IT into their patient safety oversight programs.
- Encourage private sector leadership and shared responsibility for health IT patient safety.