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Health IT and Patient Safety

On Sep 05, 2012 | Comments (0)

While hospitals and physicians’ offices are increasingly adopting computerized information systems, the systems are still relatively new, and research suggests they need to be improved to optimize their potential benefits.

A recent article in Focus on Patient Safety highlights the work of the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), a network of research centers established in 1999 by the United States federal government to add to the evidence base on the safety and effectiveness of therapeutics—a broad category that includes drugs, medical devices, and biological products, such as vaccines. The article specifically focuses on recent CERTs research on the use of computerized information systems in health care settings.

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Health Day

A new study from the Center for Health Informatics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at the University of New South Wales finds that many test results ordered for patients in the hospital go unread by their physicians. Read a summary article from Health Day.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently launched the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge, designed to spur development of platform-agnostic health IT tools to facilitate the reporting of medical errors in hospital and outpatient settings. This developer contest is part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, which holds competitions to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes.

Read more on the ONC blog.

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