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Health IT Safety Center Roadmap Released

Monday, August 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Patricia McTiernan
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In 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission issued a joint report [PDF] that suggested the idea for a Health IT Safety Center to "promote the use of quality management principles; identify, develop, and adopt standards and best practices; leverage conformity assessment tools; and create an environment of learning and continual improvement."

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT subsequently contracted RTI International to develop a "roadmap" for the Health IT Safety Center. RTI convened a task force of stakeholders, which included Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF.

In July, RTI International released the Health IT Safety Center Roadmap, which outlines specific goals, objectives, and strategies necessary to create a Health IT Safety Center as discussed and envisioned in previous reports.

The Roadmap contains results of input gathered on three major considerations:

  1. The definition of potential activities that the center would support
  2. How the center might be operated and governed to include active participation from both the private and public sectors
  3. What funding mechanisms would best align with a successful and sustainable center

The Roadmap outlines a number of high-priority activities, each of which fall into one or more of the three Center functions: convening, research, and dissemination.

To learn more or download the roadmap, visit

To read the news release from ONC, visit

To read a related Health Affairs blog post, visit

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