Four e-healthcare companies have joined the Center for Healthcare Information Management to begin collecting case studies showing how technology can improve patient safety.
The goal of the CHIM Patient Safety Initiative is to provide physicians and healthcare executives with independently audited case studies documenting improvements in patient safety achieved through the implementation of new technologies, says Carla Smith. Smith is chief executive officer of CHIM, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group of healthcare software, publishing and communications companies.
"We're only going to accept case studies that have had third-party verification," Smith says. Members of an advisory panel not affiliated with CHIM member companies will perform the auditing, Smith says. "Our goal is to be the definitive source for objective reports on how information technology can really improve patient safety."
The announcement came Feb. 6 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show in New Orleans, co-sponsored by CHIM. More than 17,800 people and a record 675 vendors were expected to register for the technology-dominated show, says spokesperson Paul Bjornberg.
The initiative sponsors are Atlanta-based Per-Se Technologies, a developer of electronic medical record systems; Eclipsys of Delray Beach, Fla., maker of EMRs and practice management systems; 3M Health Information Systems of Salt Lake City, which also makes EMR and PMS systems as well as clinical imaging storage and retrieval systems; and ePhysician of Mountain View, Calif., a provider of handheld prescription writing tools.
The audit panel should be in place by summer and the first batch of studies vetted by the end of the year, Smith says. Results will be posted on the CHIM Web site.
Matthew Morgan, M.D., director of healthcare informatics at Per-Se Technologies, says Per-Se expects to validate the efficacy of its own system in reducing errors and improving care.