National Patient Safety Foundation Releases Educational Module on Health IT

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New offering guides health professionals seeking to align HIT, patient safety goals.

A successful HIT program requires a solid understanding of the fundamental principles that are critical to moving the national patient safety agenda forward.

The National Patient Safety Foundation today released a new educational offering geared toward health professionals seeking to align their health information technology strategy with overarching patient safety goals. Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety addresses fundamental concepts that must be considered if health IT systems are to deliver on the promise of providing safer, more efficient care.

The use of information technology has rapidly proliferated in health care, thanks in part to federal financial incentives available to organizations that demonstrate meaningful use of HIT. Yet challenges remain regarding how best to collect, use, and apply information. This educational module focuses on the key concepts of organizational culture, transparency, patient engagement, integration of care, and human factors engineering and explains the rationale for using them as the guiding science behind any effective HIT strategy.

"A successful HIT program requires a solid understanding of the fundamental principles that are critical to moving the national patient safety agenda forward," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS. "This educational module provides the background and knowledge needed to incorporate these patient safety principles in the design and deployment of HIT."

Developed by a team of clinicians with expertise in clinical informatics, Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety is geared toward physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and patient safety and health quality professionals. Those who complete the program will be able to describe how health IT affects patient safety; define the challenges of health IT use; analyze strategies for evaluation and implementation of an HIT initiative; and identify ways that HIT can support a culture of transparency and safety.

Delivered in an online, self-paced format that combines a monograph with audio/slide lectures, the module is accredited for continuing education and continuing medical education credits.

Publication of Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety was made possible thanks to an educational grant from McKesson. To learn more about this program, visit http://www.npsf.org/hit.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

NPSF has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the NPSF Research Grants Program and its application process, visit http://www.npsf.org.

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