JAMA report calls on EHR vendors to do annual safety self-assessments

JAMA report calls on EHR vendors to do annual safety self-assessments

Posted Sep 15, 2021 from

With new CMS rules, researchers say electronic health records should be more easily configurable with ONC's SAFER Guide recommendations – which in turn should be reviewed and updated by the agency each year.

A new op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association offers some suggestions for a "shared responsibility" for electronic health record safety.

  • EHR developers should self-assess their IT products each year for safety.
  • "In addition, EHR developers should make product default settings conform to SAFER recommendations," they write, with the ONC authorized certification body responsible for overseeing each EHR developer also responsible for assessing compliance.
  • As Sittig and Singh explain, the new rule will help hospitals more "proactively assess" their EHRs for patient safety and help "minimize EHR-related safety risks and hazards and to increase EHR resilience."
  • But so far, "adoption of the SAFER Guides so far has been sporadic and minimal," the authors write.


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