Healthcare information technology professionals have placed patient-safety improvement and medical-error reduction at the top of their IT priorities, putting a human face on the typically technical business of planning for computerization in healthcare organizations. More than half of the respondents to an annual poll of IT pros identified promoting patient safety as a top priority for the coming year, and nearly 60% projected it as a top priority for the next two years. The e-mail survey of 287 respondents was conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and presented today at its annual conference in San Diego. The emphasis on patient safety edged out compliance with provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, both as an IT priority and as the top business concern for the next two years. -- by John Morrissey
Improving patient safety is top IT priority: survey
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