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Putting Safety First In Health Information Technology

September 19, 2013 General 0 Comments

Safety In Health ITSay you’re storing a box of important documents – photos, records, legal documents, etc. You have to prevent this box from being stolen, lost, physically damaged, infiltrated, and more. It would be easier for you to keep your documents safe on your computer, right?

Well, the answer is yes and no. Storing files on your computer or online saves physical space and prevents physical damage, plus it’s easier to keep your documents locked up. But using technology to protect your documents isn’t foolproof. It might be a better method, but it still has its own vulnerabilities.

And that’s exactly the challenge that health information technicians face in the healthcare world.

Prioritizing Patient Safety

While we all have to decide how and where to store our personal records, our healthcare providers are doing the same with our medical records. The health IT system of electronic health records (EHR) is changing how medical documents are accessed, updated, organized and more, and health information technicians need to be aware of the privacy and security issues that arise from it.

To ensure that healthcare professionals promote patient safety with the implementation of new technology, the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan was developed by the ONC, or Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The Health IT Safety Plan

The two objectives of the Health IT Safety Plan are “To promote the health care industry’s use of health IT to make care safer” and “to continuously improve the safety of health IT,” according to the ONC fact sheet.

If you’re interested in learning how professional health information technicians promote these objectives, take a look at some of the health IT and patient safety tools they can use.

Check out more health IT patient safety tools and resources if you want to learn about the health IT field.

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