Government Health IT, November 10, 2011

Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, said that agencies in the Health and Human Services Department will work closely to craft a surveillance and action plan to keep patients safer through health IT, and it will be done sooner than called for by the Institute of Medicine. An IOM report published this week directed ONC as the office that oversees health IT to complete its plan within 12 months. "We appreciate the IOM's recommendations in making sure that we really do have a coherent structure for reporting, analyzing and acting on the information about EHR-related safety incidents," he said at the Nov. 9 meeting of the advisory Health IT Policy Committee.

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