PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $3 million to ECRI Institute for a three-year effort to boost the safe design, implementation, and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology. This new grant supports three years of groundwork by the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative convened by ECRI Institute in 2013 to make health information technology safer.
"With the increasing presence of health IT in all aspects of health care, we need to remain mindful of safety issues that are unintended consequences of this new technology. We are happy to see the Partnership advising health IT developers, users, and policymakers on how to optimize technology and avoid patient harm," said Janet Corrigan, chief program officer for patient care at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has already demonstrated measurable success. It started by identifying and analyzing thousands of health IT safety incidents reported to the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO), evaluating and synthesizing published studies, and working closely with the Partnership's advisory panel, collaborating organizations, vendors, and other organizations to clarify the safety issues and develop mitigation strategies. The Partnership's expert advisory panel and collaborating organizations include clinicians, researchers, health IT developers, patient safety organizations, and healthcare provider organizations spanning acute and non-acute care settings. In 2015, the first of a series of multi-stakeholder workgroups created a set of recommendations and a toolkit on the safe use of copy and paste functions in EHRs. The recommendations underwent successful usability testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.