Though patient safety organizations can use the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Common Formats in working with the provider community to understand, monitor and reduce safety events, there are particular challenges in implementing them with regard to health IT-related adverse events.

That is the finding of ONC-funded analyses of adverse events reported to two PSOs—UHC and the ECRI Institute—which analyzed the structured data from the AHRQ Common Formats, including standard questions and narrative text fields about all types of adverse events (not just questions on health IT) in their reporting systems.

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