A coalition of medical societies and medical liability insurance carriers has announced the creation of a Web-based reporting system for physicians and other healthcare organizations to provide a centralized national repository of problems with electronic health-record system software.
Coalition will collect data on EHR problems
According to a news release, in addition to collecting information, the Web service, called EHRevent, will "create reports that medical societies, professional liability carriers and government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will use to help educate providers on the potential challenges that EHR systems may bring."
The portal also can be integrated into the websites of participating medical societies, liability insurance carriers, the PDR Network and EHR vendors, among others.
David Blumenthal, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, is scheduled to speak at a news conference Monday in Washington to launch the system developed by the iHealth Alliance, a not-for-profit coalition of medical societies and liability carriers.
Modeled after other national reporting systems, such as the one used in aviation, the healthcare reporting system will let users post about not only software glitches but also inadequate user training and security breaches and near-misses, according to the release. These reports will be kept confidential but will be "used to better understand challenges associated with the adoption and implementation of EHRs and to improve patient safety," according to the release.
PDR Network will host the service. The for-profit company publishes the Physicians' Desk Reference and its online implementations and hosts the Health Care Notification Network, a drug safety alert service governed by the iHealth Alliance.
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