CHIME: Health IT Safety Plan Needs Private, Non-Government Stakeholder Input | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CHIME: Health IT Safety Plan Needs Private, Non-Government Stakeholder Input

February 6, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

In response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC)  Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted comments supporting the framework, but urged the agency to seek private and non-government stakeholder input.

The ONC is using existing policy levers and programs within HHS, rather than create another federal entity to enhance health IT safety. While CHIME didn’t find this to be an issue, the group of healthcare CIOs also thought the plan should include a stakeholder-driven organization that included federal partners, but was not under the direct control of federal agencies.

“CHIME applauds ONC’s efforts to conceptualize its Patient Safety Plan within existing policy mechanisms and programs,” CHIME said in its comments.  “In particular, we support the notion that pre-existing patient safety efforts across government programs and the private sector – including those sponsored by providers, vendors and healthcare safety oversight bodies – be used as foundational leverage to strengthen health IT and patient safety.”

CHIME said the ONC should use “voluntary consensus bodies,” which are organizations that identify and improve existing standards and guidelines for use within the government. CHIME would like these voluntary consensus bodies to facilitate agreement among healthcare stakeholders on a recognized set of standards and guidelines for patient safety in health IT. 

“We believe such an organization could then be buttressed by an enhanced network of patient safety organizations (PSOs) that could leverage appropriately aggregated reports to encourage continuous learning,” CHIME said.

Another comment on the proposed plan included CHIME’s desire for a more focused on  patient data-matching, saying that, “despite years of development, no clear strategy has emerged to accurately and consistently match patient data.  Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.”

 The full text of CHIME’s letter to ONC can be found at



NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.