The Electronic Health Records Association, an affiliate of the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, will team up with the iHealth Alliance, a not-for-profit coalition of medical societies and medical malpractice insurers, to "work collaboratively to support efforts to develop practical, effective and optimized reporting tools to collect information on medical incidents that may be related to the use of health information technology."
EHR group, iHealth Alliance collaborate on health IT incident reporting
The two IT organizations announced in a news release Monday that they had reached a collaborative agreement.
About a year ago, the alliance launched its Web portal EHRevent.org as a centralized national repository of problems with electronic health-record systems.
"Obviously, this is an important effort for our association to support," Dr. Sarah Corley, chairwoman of the EHRA's patient safety work group, said in the news release. Corley is chief medical officer at NextGen Healthcare, a vendor of EHRs and practice management systems for office-based physicians. "We want to ensure that we're part of any initiatives focused on collecting and appropriately analyzing suspected issues that compromise those objectives."
Alliance Chairwoman Dr. Nancy Dickey said EHRA members "bring expertise about these systems that is simply not found elsewhere." Given their understanding of how EHR systems are designed and implemented, she said, "we’ll be more successful in understanding the root causes of suspected incidents so that they can be prevented in the future." Dickey is a past president of the American Medical Association and is president of the Health Science Center at Texas A&M University.
On Thursday, the Washington-based Institute of Medicine is scheduled to release a report titled "Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Healthcare" that examines various healthcare information technologies and recommends actions regarding these technologies to take to improve patient safety.
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