Report Identifies 5 HIT-Related Problems That Impact Patient Safety

A report called "January 2013: PSO Deep Dive on Health Information Technology-Related (HIT) Safety Events," by the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to applied scientific research in healthcare, identified five potential HIT-related problem areas with regard to patient safety.

The ECRI Institute asked participating organizations to submit standardized data about HIT events during a nine-week period. This enabled the ECRI Institute PSO to identify patterns and trends from aggregated data and share findings, as well as recommendations.

The five HIT-related problems that impact patient safety, according to the report, are:

•    Inadequate data transfer from one HIT system to another
•    Data entry in the wrong patient record
•    Incorrect data entry in the patient record
•    Failure of the HIT system to function as intended
•    Configuration of the system in a way that can lead to mistakes

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