The Office the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released SAFER Guides, a series of nine guidance documents to promote safer use of electronic health records and other health information technologies.

Developing the guides was part of ONC’s Health IT Patient Action and Surveillance Plan issued in July 2013. A team of health IT safety and informatics researchers built the evidence-based guides, which include self-assessment checklists, practice worksheets and recommended practices, according to the agency. Each guide also has references and is available as a downloaded PFD or an interactive Web-based tool.

The nine guides cover: High Priority Practices, Organizational Responsibilities, Patient Identification, Computerized Physician Order Entry with Decision Support, Test Results Review and Follow-up, Clinician Communication, Contingency Planning, System Interfaces and System Configuration. The guides are available here.

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