• Commentary
  • Published October 2014

Patient safety goals for the proposed Federal Health Information Technology Safety Center.

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The Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration have called for the establishment of a national organization to oversee health information technology (IT) safety in the United States. This commentary, written by leaders in the IT field, recommends goals for the proposed Office of the National Coordinator-based Health IT Safety Center, including monitoring and tracking safety events, investigating incidents and disseminating guidance, building a process and infrastructure to examine the safety of health IT systems, and generating support for vigilance around health IT safety in the public and private sectors. The authors also highlight the convening ability of such a center as a critical component for transforming the safety of health IT.

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