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Thursday, 03 March, 2016

ECRI-Led Health IT Safety Collaborative Releases Four Steps to Better Patient Safety


HIGHLAND, MD -- Sponsored in part by the JKTG Foundation, the Partnership for Health IT and Safety recently released the first in a series of evidence-based recommendations designed to improve health IT safety.  The widespread and often underreported practice of copy and past has the potential to cause adverse patient safety events and was chosen for the group's first set of recommended practices.

The Partnership, established in 2013, includes healthcare providers, health information technology (IT) developers, academic researchers, patient safety organizations, liability insurers and professional societies.

The copy and past workgroup, chaired by National Patient Safety Foundation President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, was comprised of 40 leaders from participating organizations.  Key recommendations are:

  • Provide a mechanism to make copy and paste material easily identifiable.
  • Ensure that the provenance of copy and paste material is readily available.
  • Ensure adequate staff training and education regarding the appropriate and safe use of copy and paste.
  • Ensure that copy and paste practices are regularly monitored, measured and assessed.

The toolkit is available to the public and was discussed at a March 2 HIMSS event in Las Vegas.

About JKTG Foundation
The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG Foundation) fosters public discussion around health care policy to benefit the public good.  Through research, white papers and other projects, the Foundation serves as an honest, independent broker of ideas and actions designed to achieve the competing goals of cost reduction, expanding access and improving quality.  For more information, visit or follow @JKTGFoundation on Twitter.

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