Perspectives on Safety
Narrow Results Clear All
- Communication Improvement 10
- Culture of Safety 9
Education and Training
- Students 3
- Error Reporting and Analysis 18
- Human Factors Engineering 7
- Legal and Policy Approaches 13
- Logistical Approaches 4
- Quality Improvement Strategies 18
- Research Directions 1
- Specialization of Care 2
- Teamwork 1
- Clinical Information Systems 32
- Alert fatigue 2
- Device-related Complications 2
- Diagnostic Errors 9
- Discontinuities, Gaps, and Hand-Off Problems 5
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation 1
- Identification Errors 2
- Medical Complications 1
- Medication Errors/Preventable Adverse Drug Events 8
- Nonsurgical Procedural Complications 2
- Psychological and Social Complications 3
- Surgical Complications 8
- Family Members and Caregivers 1
- Health Care Executives and Administrators 43
- Health Care Providers 30
- Non-Health Care Professionals 40
- Patients 3
with commentary by Rachel J. Stern, MD, and Urmimala Sarkar, MD, 2018
Patient engagement is widely acknowledged as a cornerstone of patient safety. Research in 2018 demonstrates that patient engagement, when done correctly, can help health care systems identify safety hazards, regain trust after they occur, and codesign sustainable solutions.
A Decade After HITECH, May 2018
Dr. Blumenthal is President of the Commonwealth Fund and served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2009-2011, during early implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the accompanying Meaningful Use program. We spoke with him about the HITECH Act and lessons learned in health care since it was enacted.
A Decade After HITECH, May 2018
Dr. Halamka is the International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an emergency physician. He is widely known as one of the most thoughtful and provocative experts on the subject of health IT. We spoke with him about the HITECH Act and the consequences—anticipated and otherwise—of the digitization of health care.
with commentary by Sumant Ranji, MD, 2017
A considerable body of evidence demonstrates worsened clinical outcomes for patients admitted to the hospital on weekends compared to those admitted on weekdays. This Annual Perspective summarizes innovative studies published in 2017 that helped clarify the magnitude of this effect and identify possible mechanisms by which it occurs.
with commentary by Rachel J. Stern, MD, and Urmimala Sarkar, MD, 2017
Patient engagement in safety has evolved from obscurity to maturity over the past two decades. This Annual Perspective highlights emerging approaches to engaging patients and caregivers in safety efforts, including novel technological innovations, and summarizes the existing evidence on the efficacy of such approaches.
Clinical Documentation in the Modern Era, January 2018
Dr. Hirschtick is Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, and the author of a number of prominent articles—many quite amusing—about the changes in medical practice wrought by information technology. We spoke with him about what it means to be a clinician in the modern era, particularly how digitization of health records has affected clinicians' notes.
with commentary by Shannon M. Dean, MD, Clinical Documentation in the Modern Era, January 2018
This piece explores concerns regarding the use of copy and paste in electronic health records and offers potential strategies to improve clinical documentation accuracy.
Surgical Safety, December 2017
Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University, which focuses on national, regional, and local quality improvement research and practical initiatives. He is also the Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative and a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. In the second part of a two-part interview (the earlier one concerned residency duty hours), we spoke with him about quality and safety in surgery.
Patient-facing Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges for Patient Safety, November 2017
Wanda Pratt is a professor in the Information School and an adjunct in Biomedical and Health Informatics in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. We spoke with her about patient-facing technologies, including the opportunities and challenges for patient safety.
with commentary by Ronen Rozenblum, MD, MPH, and David Bates, MD, MS, Patient-facing Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges for Patient Safety, November 2017
This piece explores how patient-facing technologies can enable patients to be more responsible for their care and improve the way clinicians practice.
Health Information Technology and Safety, September 2017
Dr. Gettinger is the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). He led the development of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Dartmouth and was the senior physician leader during their transition to a vendor-based EHR. We spoke with him about safety and health information technology.
with commentary by Dean F. Sittig, PhD, and Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, Health Information Technology and Safety, September 2017
This piece highlights four key lessons that the authors believe are useful for clinicians and health care organizations that seek to identify, prevent, and mitigate electronic health record–related safety issues.
New Leaders in Safety and Quality, November 2016
Dr. Bindman, an expert in health policy in underserved populations, was appointed as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in May 2016. We spoke with him about his new role at AHRQ.
Big Data and Patient Safety, October 2016
Dr. Platt is Professor and Chair of the Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine. We spoke with him about big data and patient safety.
with commentary by Alvin Rajkomar, MD, Big Data and Patient Safety, October 2016
This piece explores the role for a clinician data scientist in utilizing clinical datasets to improve health care quality and safety.
Telemedicine and Patient Safety, September 2016
Dr. Tuckson is President of the American Telemedicine Association. We spoke with him about telemedicine and patient safety.
with commentary by Stephen Agboola, MD, MPH, and Joseph Kvedar, MD, Telemedicine and Patient Safety, September 2016
This piece explores benefits and safety concerns associated with the increased adoption of telemedicine services.
Patient Safety in Dentistry, July/August 2016
Dr. Perea-Pérez is Director of the Spanish Observatory for Dental Patient Safety. We spoke with him about patient safety in dentistry.
with commentary by Urmimala Sarkar, MD, and Kaveh Shojania, MD, 2015
Computerized provider order entry is a cornerstone of patient safety efforts, and the increasingly widespread implementation of electronic health records has made it a standard practice in health care. This Annual Perspective summarizes novel findings and research directions in computerized provider order entry in 2015.
Update on Diagnostic Errors, January 2016
Dr. Graber founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and the journal, Diagnosis. We spoke with him about the recent National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) Improving Diagnosis in Health Care report, and about diagnostic errors more generally.