10x10 with University of Illinois at Chicago

June 6, 2016 to September 3, 2016
University of Illinois at Chicago
56 AMA PRA Category 1 credits available
Online Course

Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

For 2016, the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, focuses its 10x10 course on examining how health information technology (HIT) supports...or can inhibit...patient safety. The role played by HIT in patient safety was identified in the 1999 IOM report To Err is Human, explored in the 2001 report Crossing the Quality Chasm, and the focus of the 2012 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care. This 10x10 course will examine the informatics and information technology issues surrounding the implementation and use of HIT that have contributed to robust discussions over more than a decade. Join other informaticians and leaders in patient safety to explore the many implications of HIT in the field of patient safety.  

This online course is ideal for professionals looking for quality and convenience. No prerequisites are required.


Dr. Annette L. Valenta, Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will serve as the director of the UIC 10x10 offering.

She is the Director of Graduate Studies of UICs PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics program and the Program Director of UICs Patient Safety Leadership (PSL) program, including its Master of Science Degree and associated graduate certificates.  Dr. Valenta was a founding member of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (IPSE), and was consulting faculty (T. McDonald, Principal Investigator) for the AHRQ-funded grant entitled "The Seven Pillars: Crossing the Patient Safety-Medical Liability Chasm" that aimed to evaluate the impact of the "Seven Pillars" - a comprehensive response to patient harm that links effective and honest communication with improvements in patient safety and reducing medical liability risk (Grant R 18 HS10507858).  With funding through AHRQ, HHS, and DOD, her research focuses on organizational issues surrounding health technology, including examining the role information systems can play in promoting patient safety.  

Dr. Valenta's publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Academic Medicine, JALN:  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Journal of Medical Systems, Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Health Informatics Symposium, International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine, and Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine.  She has served as Review Board Member, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and is a member of the Delta Omega Society (a public health honorary fraternity).