Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together 10 other PSOs and six associations, as well as a group of provider organizations and software vendors, to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology safety issues.

The goal is to improve on present individual efforts to improve safety in a vacuum by setting up a non-punitive national environment for finding and acting on safety issues, says Ronni Solomon, executive vice president and general counsel at ECRI, which is acting as the convener for the project. Patient safety organizations have at times worked together in the past, but now are “shining the spotlight together,” she adds.

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