As health information technology is increasingly adopted by health care providers and used to support patient care, it is important that methods to monitor and enhance patient safety be developed in tandem.
In response to the release of the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in July 2013 and with the support of the members of the Health Information Exchange Coordinating Council (HIECC), the Agency has developed a plan to address the patient safety health information technology on a proactive basis.
The Florida Health Information Technology Patient Safety Program (PDF 176 KB) outlines action steps for increasing knowledge about health IT patient safety, supporting best practices, and promoting understanding and improvements in patient safety requirements.
The Agency has developed Clinicians Guide to Reporting Health Information Technology Related Patient Safety Concerns (PDF 294 KB) as part of the plan. The guide addresses reporting to patient safety organizations, electronic health record vendors, hospitals, and other organizations researching patient safety. It includes sections from the EHR Association Code of Conduct Principles on patient safety and clinical documentation. It includes links to resources about patient safety assessments, contracting with vendors and other resources.
As use of electronic health records and health information exchange increases, opportunities to link exchange efforts with emergency preparedness and response to provide health information to providers and patients in response to a disaster will expand. The report, Health Information Exchange in Disaster Preparedness and Response Project (PDF 4.7MB) includes analysis and recommendations that any public or private organization planning to share electronic health information during a disaster should consider.