Safety Advocates Seek National Safety Goals for EHRs

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  • November 07 2012, 5:13pm EST

Two professors who have long argued for increased safety of electronic health records systems are at it again, calling for “electronic” patient safety goals modeled after the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals.

“EHR implementation is still highly heterogeneous across health care systems and providers, and this heterogeneity leads to equally variable implications for patient safety,” write Dean Sittig, Ph.D, and Hardeep Singh, M.D., in the current New England Journal of Medicine. “For instance, the priorities for patient safety in an organization in the midst of an EHR rollout differ from those of an organization that has used a fully integrated EHR system for 5 or more years.”

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