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ONC Plan Focuses On Health IT Safety

Posted on January 2, 2013 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of FierceHealthcare.com and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare.

The ONC has decided that it’s time to move health IT safety up to the next level, proposing a plan that would standardize the way health IT safety incidents are reported and make it easier to report straight from an EMR. And brace yourselves, vendors: this could include changing the EMR certification process to include the ability to make such reports easily.

The agency’s Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan is designed to strengthen patient safety efforts, including patients, providers, technology companies and healthcare safety oversight bodies in the mix. The idea, not surprisingly, is to use health IT to make care safer.

The ONC’s key objectives include the following:

*  Making it easier for clinicians to report patient safety events and risks using EMRs

Right now, it’s not exactly easy for clinicians to create a safety event report when something goes wrong in their use of an EMR, and the data they do sometimes produce isn’t easy to work with or compile.  ONC is proposing using certification criteria to make sure that whenever possible, EMRs make it easy to report safety events using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s standardized Common Formats.

*  Getting health IT developers to support patient safety and safety reporting

Within 12 months, the ONC plans to create a code of conduct — working with professional groups and health IT developers — which will hold developers accountable for:

— Creating usable, safe designs for products and adverse event reporting
— Working with a Patient Safety Organization to report, aggregate and analyze health IT related safety events
—  Scrapping practices that discourage provider reporting of safety events, such as limits in nondisclosure clauses and intellectual property protections
—  Participating in efforts to compare user experiences across different EMR systems

There’s plenty more to consider in this report, but I’ll leave you with these details in the hope that you’ll read it yourself.  As you’ll see in the introduction, you have until February 4th to comment on ONC’s plans. I hope plenty of readers do — this is important stuff.

Happy New Year! EMR and EHR Stats Report

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Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Mine has been better than expected. I had a wonderful 2012 and I’m looking forward to an even better 2013.

I got a report that had some interesting stats related to EMR and EHR for 2012 that I thought I’d share.

In 2012, there were 300 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 748 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 14th with 4,885 views. The most popular post that day was EMR and EHR Vendor List.

I really find my list of most popular posts ironic since so many of them were from past years. Luckily most of them are still valid today:
1. Evaluations of AllScripts EMR
2. Great Chart Comparing Meaningful Use Stage 1 with Stage 2 and 3
3. Funny Physician Exam Room EHR Etiquette Video
4. Allscripts May Sell Out to Private Equity Buyer
5. The Advantages of EMR Systems

I’m really proud of the way we covered all that happened with Allscripts this year. That top post has 143 comments on just that post. I think that many in that comment thread have gotten some help from others commenting. It’s been a hard year for Allscripts users. The EHR Etiquette Video is a good laugh if you need something to make you smile.

EMR and EHR has had visitors from 160 countries in all, but the US is far and away the top readership.

I hope you enjoyed the stats and thanks for reading! Here’s to a wonderful 2013!