Thursday, August 30, 2018

Research is Making Healthcare Safer

When we talk about medical research, most people frequently think about curing disease or increasing the quality of life of patients. Research also has the ability to inform the policy and guide change across the nation.

A report was recently released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and the American Medical Association highlighted potential best practices when it comes to implementing and using an EHR safely in the hospital setting. You can read the report here. This collaborative work shares a framework for healthcare systems to use to identify usability-related risks to patients throughout the life cycle of EHRs, including the design, customization, implementation, and training stages.

Even more remarkable than the report itself is that in the few days it's been released, it has already been shared with the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Congratulations to the research team on such important and wide reaching work!

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