The Department of Health and Human Services has released the “Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan” for public comment. The comment period closes Feb. 4, at 11:59 pm EST.

The patient safety action plan is the response by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology about the growing potential of health I.T. to be a contributor to medical errors. The ONC commissioned a study by the Institute of Medicine about how to identify and mitigate those risks; the action plan is based on that study and its recommendations.

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