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Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety

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Course Description

Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety is an educational module that explores the fundamentals of health information technology (HIT) and examines the challenges for information collection, use, and application in health systems. This module focuses on patient safety principles such as organizational culture, transparency, patient engagement, integration of care, and human factors engineering and provides the rationale for using these principles as the guiding science behind any effective HIT strategy. Through error reduction and clinical support effective use of HIT allows providers to deliver safer, higher-quality care in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. HIT development and implementation is a critical next step in the positive direction toward safer patient care.

Target Audience

Physicians of all specialties, pharmacists, nurses, and quality professionals.


Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how the implementation of health information technology affects patient safety.
  • Define the challenges surrounding health information technology use.
  • Analyze strategies for evaluating, selecting, and mobilizing a health information technology initiative.
  • Identify ways that health information technology can support cultural transparency and the culture of safety.

    Accreditation and Credits 

    Continuing Medical Education

    This enduring material has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The Doctors Company and the National Patient Safety Foundation.

    The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Activity Authors

    All presenters, faculty, and content developers, unless indicated, have no significant financial interest/arrangement that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest with the subject matter of this educational enduring material.

      Publication of Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety was made possible thanks to an educational grant from McKesson®
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