Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience Guides (SAFER)

Thursday, January 30, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
The Office of the National Coordinator invites you to participate in an upcoming webinar on January 30, 2014 at 3:00pm-4:30pm EST related to health IT and patient safety. This webinar will cover the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. The presenters include Joan Ash, Hardeep Singh, and Dean Sittig – the health IT safety researchers and informatics experts who led the SAFER Guides development.

The SAFER Guides are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas:

  • High Priority Practices
  • Organizational Responsibilities
  • Contingency Planning
  • System Configuration
  • System Interfaces
  • Patient Identification
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support
  • Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up
  • Clinician Communication
The SAFER Guides are based on the best evidence available at this time. Each Guide provides a Checklist for users to assess their organization’s level of implementation. The Guides also include Worksheets which provides the rationale and examples of how to implement each recommended practice. Meaningful Use and/or HIPAA Security Rule requirements are identified in connection with recommended practices

The recommended practices in the SAFER Guides are intended to be useful for all EHR users, developers, patient safety organizations, and others who are concerned with optimizing the safe use of health IT. We strongly encourage individuals who use, design, and implement EHRs to register.

Moderator:

Kathy Kenyon, JD

Kathy Kenyon is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. She leads efforts on exploring the “unintended consequences” of the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology and electronic exchange. She is responsible for identifying and addressing policy and legal issues that impact the adoption and use of health information technology in the context of health care delivery system reform.


Presenters:

Joan Ash, PhD, MLS, MS, MBA

Joan Ash is a Professor and Vice Chair at The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine’s, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology,. Dr. Ash’s research focuses on behavioral and social issues related to implementing clinical information systems, specifically computerized provider order entry, and the use of qualitative methods for conducting such studies. She leads a NLM funded research team with a web site at http://www.cpoe.org.

Dean F. Sittig, PhD

Dean F. Sittig is a Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics and a member of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety. Dr. Sittig's research focuses on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of clinical information systems. He also works to improve our understanding of both the factors that lead to success, as well as, the unintended consequences associated with computer-based clinical decision support and provider order entry systems.

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH

Hardeep Singh is a general internist and patient safety researcher at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. His research involves detecting, understanding and reducing missed and delayed diagnosis in the outpatient setting, as well as in using health IT to achieve safe and effective health care. He has received several federally funded grants to study patient safety and electronic health record use. In 2012, Dr. Singh received the Academy Health Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award for his high-impact work of international significance.
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