AMIA Supports Efforts to Improve Safety of Health IT

Friday, October 14, 2016

The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

“AMIA supports the general approach taken by this final rule to focus its authorities on oversight of health IT in the service of patient safety and public health. The rapid adoption of IT across the nation has catapulted our healthcare system into the 21st century. We now have the capacity to manage patient populations and further develop our understanding of disease and treatment options thanks to health IT. But this modernization has also created new and novel challenges to the safety of care delivery. We believe this rule provides a sensible process through which known and potential harms to patient safety can be identified and corrected. We are glad to see improvements in scope and in process with this final rule, and believe this regulatory framework gives ONC the tools they need to better ensure patient safety.

While this rule will enable better understanding of how health IT can impact patient safety, it represents a small piece in a larger puzzle of health IT safety. In order to better understand and improve the complex intersection of evolving technology and patient care, AMIA urges Congress to support the development of a national-level strategy for health IT safety. Such a strategy must include a public-private partnership meant to provide a trusted space where stakeholders can convene to review evidence and jointly develop solutions to critical health IT safety issues.”