“Safety huddles” attended by hospital medical teams were shown to be an effective strategy for identifying safety concerns related to electronic health records (EHRs), according to an AHRQ study. About 250 huddles attended over a one-year period by administrative, clinical and information technology staff at a midsized tertiary-care hospital identified 245 EHR-related safety concerns. Most concerns involved "EHR technology working incorrectly" (42 percent), followed by "EHR technology not working at all" (26 percent), "EHR technology missing or absent" (17 percent) and "user errors" (16 percent). The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association recommended safety huddles for improving EHR safety improvement. Access the abstract.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Dec 28. pii: ocw153. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw153. [Epub ahead of print]
Safety huddles to proactively identify and address electronic health record safety.
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electronic health records; health information technology; patient safety; risk management; safety huddles; safety reporting
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