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ONC Releases Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan

December 28, 2012—The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Dec. 21 released the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Planfor public comment. This ONC initiative aims to utilize both HHS and private organizations’ patient safety programs in a united front to improve patient safety. The Health IT Safety Plan review involved a myriad of private stakeholders, including: patients, providers, technology companies, and safety oversight boards, among others.

The Safety Plan builds on the recommendations outlined in Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) November 2011 report:  Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care. This IOM report examined how the government should work with the private sector to improve the safety of HIT-assisted care, and identify and mitigate risks associated with HIT. ONC is hopeful that the initiatives outlined in the safety plan will help lead to a reduction in medication errors, greater accessibility of patient records, identification of diseases outbreaks, and improved methods to report, track, and aggregate data across hospitals.

ONC will accept comments on the plan until February 4, 2013. The AAMC will be submitting comments.


Scott Wetzel, M.P.P.
Lead, Quality Reporting
Telephone: 202-828-0495


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