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ONC awards nearly $1 million to Institute of Medicine to study health IT use


By Joseph Conn
Posted: September 29, 2010 - 6:15 pm ET
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS has awarded the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academies of Science, a contract valued at nearly $1 million to study the use of healthcare IT to evaluate the technology's effects on patient safety.

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According to a news release from HHS, the study will summarize known effects of health IT on patient safety with an eye to preventing potential problems.

In addition, according to the release, the study will:

  • Identify surveillance and reporting activities to rapidly detect and correct patient safety problems
  • Address the role accrediting and certification bodies, patient safety organizations and professional and trade associations might play in promoting in reducing errors and promoting patient safety.
  • Discuss current and future roles of federal organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS in promotion of patient safety.


  • The study period of the $989,000 contract is one year.

    "We have high expectations for patient safety improvement through HIT, but achieving those goals will require the same careful and vigorous approach that is needed to improve safety in any enterprise," CMS Administrator Donald Berwick said in the release. "The IOM can help us identify a productive path to better patient safety with the help of HIT."

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