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Aspden P, Corrigan JM, Wolcott J, Erickson SM, eds for the Committee for Data Standards for Patient Safety, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2004. ISBN: 030909776.
Robust information systems serve as a backbone for both preventing medical error and learning from it. The authors submit that a national information infrastructure will facilitate immediate access to patient information and decision support mechanisms. They also suggest that a byproduct of the infrastructure will be a consistent method for managing patient safety data and the ability to capture it in real time as a result of care.
Journal Article > Commentary
Jha AK, Classen DC. N Engl J Med 2011;365:1756-1758.
Describing weaknesses in current safety measurement tools, this perspective suggests that legislation requiring use of electronic medical records can improve safety in health care.
Technical Evaluation, Testing, and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records: Empirically Based Use Cases for Validating Safety-Enhanced Usability and Guidelines for Standardization.
Lowry SZ, Ramaiah M, Taylor S, et al. Gaithersburg, MD: US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology; October 2015. NISTIR 7804-1.
Unintended consequences associated with usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems have the potential to negatively affect patient safety. This report outlines standards to enhance safety-related usability of EHRs by identifying root causes of use errors and addressing these weaknesses through human factors design.