Decision support offers the opportunity to provide smarter intelligence for our clinicians at the point of order entry. The Choosing Wisely initiative is guiding our efforts to more effectively order appropriate medications and studies.
The rush to implement EHRs and other IT tools is having a negative impact on patient safety. The federal health IT safety plan, partnerships and other initiatives are working to put the focus back on the patient.
The Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Patient Safety and Health IT: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, expressed dismay that patient safety hadn’t improved very much since its landmark 1999 study, To Err is Human.
It’s all about aligning “the right information with the right people at the right time,” said HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith in her closing message to attendees of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition.