ONC Releases Guidelines on EHR Safety

The ONC has released a set of guidelines and interactive tools to help healthcare organizations use electronic health records more safely.

The Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience Guides include self-assessment checklists, practice worksheets and lists of best practices. The guides address the following areas:

  • High priority practices
  • Organizational responsibilities
  • Patient identification
  • Computerized physician order entry with decision support
  • Test results review and follow-up
  • Clinician communication
  • Contingency planning
  • System interfaces
  • System configuration

"The SAFER Guides combine the latest applied knowledge of health IT safety with practical tools that will help providers — working closely with EHR developers, diagnostic service providers, and others — effectively assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHR technology within their organizations," said Jacob Reider, MD, CMO at ONC, in a news release.

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