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10-Point ONC Safety Plan Seeks to Improve EHR Use

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2013

The ONC plan makes 10 recommendations. They are:

1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should publish an action and surveillance plan within 12 months that includes a schedule for working with the private sector to assess the impact of health IT on patient safety and minimizing the risk of its implementation and use.

2. The HHS Secretary should ensure "insofar as possible that health IT developers support the free exchange of information about health IT experiences and issues and not prohibit sharing of such information, including details (e.g., screenshots) relating to patient safety."

3. The ONC should work with private and public sectors to make comparative user experiences across vendors publicly available.

4. The HHS Secretary should fund a new Health IT Safety Council to evaluate criteria for assessing and monitoring the safe use of health IT and the use of health IT to enhance safety.

5. All health IT developers should be required to publicly register and list their products with the ONC, initially beginning with EHRs certified for the meaningful use program.

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