SAFER Electronic Health Records: Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience

Dean F. Sittig, Hardeep Singh

April 14, 2015 by Apple Academic Press
Reference - 506 Pages - 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781771881173 - CAT# N11262

USD$179.95

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Features

• Describes the context of EHR safety and the need for risk assessment

• Presents an analysis of EHR safety

• Provides guidelines for safe and effective EHR use

• Covers the conceptual foundation of SAFER Guides

• Relates how SAFER Guides were developed

• Presents an overview of SAFER Guides

• Shows how to mitigate unintentional EHR downtimes, such as power outages

• Describes how to safely configure and maintain EHRs and system-to-system interfaces

• Describes how to assess patient identification related practices

• Presents how to assess diagnostic test result reporting and follow-up

• Describes how to create an oversight infrastructure for EHR Safety

Summary

This important volume provide a one-stop resource on the SAFER Guides along with the guides themselves and information on their use, development, and evaluation. The Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) guides, developed by the editors of this book, identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs). These guides are designed to help organizations self-assess the safety and effectiveness of their EHR implementations, identify specific areas of vulnerability, and change their cultures and practices to mitigate risks.

This book provides EHR designers, developers, implementers, users, and policymakers with the requisite historical context, clinical informatics knowledge, and real-world, practical guidance to enable them to utilize the SAFER Guides to proactively assess the safety and effectiveness of their electronic health records EHR implementations.

The first five chapters are designed to provide readers with the conceptual knowledge required to understand why and how the guides were developed. The next nine chapters focus on the underlying informatics concepts, key research activities, and methods used to develop each of the guides. Each of these chapters concludes with a copy of the guide itself. The final chapter provides a vision for the future and the work required to ensure that future generations of EHRs are designed, developed, implemented, and used to improve the overall safety of the EHR-enabled healthcare system.

Taken together, the information provided in this book should help any organization, whether large or small, implement its EHR program and improve the safety and effectiveness of its existing EHR-enabled healthcare systems.

This volume will be extremely valuable to small, ambulatory physician practices and larger outpatient settings as well as for hospitals and professors and instructors charged with teaching safe and effective implementation and use of EHRs. It will also be highly useful for health information technology professionals responsible for maintaining a safe and effective EHR and for clinical and administrative staff working in EHR-enabled healthcare systems.