• Commentary
  • Published November 2017

Measuring patient safety in real time: an essential method for effectively improving the safety of care.

Electronic health records have been widely adopted in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This commentary suggests that health information technology provides health care with an opportunity to optimize patient safety measurement in hospitals and that barriers such as data collection burden, mismatched definitions, and ineffective methods of tracking patient harm can be addressed through robust electronic health record design and use.

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