Top challenges in improving patient safety in 2017
ECRI annually publishes the list to identify potential safety risks within healthcare delivery systems and improve overall safety in patient care. ECRI, which compiled the report, based its conclusions on event data from its Patient Safety Organization, concerns raised by healthcare providers and on expert judgment.
1. Information management in EHRs
Organizations must approach health IT safety holistically, ECRI says. One key step is integrating health information management professionals, IT professionals and clinical engineers into patient safety, quality and risk management programs. Other strategies include ensuring that users understand the system’s capabilities and potential problems; encouraging users to report concerns and investigating these concerns; engaging patients in information management; and harnessing the power of EHRs to enhance patient safety.