In February 2010, Dean Sittig, PhD, co-authored a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association that listed five ways to improve the safety of electronic health records.

Sittig, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Biomedical Informatics, was pleasantly surprised to see some of those recommendations in a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The institute calls for a mechanism for vendors and health I.T. users to report safety issues, and an independent federally sponsored entity, similar to the National Transportation Safety Board, to investigate adverse incidents.

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