Statement in Support of NQF Health IT Safety Measures

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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

AMIA commends the National Quality Forum’s Health IT Safety Committee for their draft report, “Identification and Prioritization of Health IT Patient Safety Measures.”  Health IT safety is a responsibility shared among developers, healthcare organizations, clinicians, patients and government stakeholders.  This report leverages decades of research and expert analysis to begin a discussion on safety measurement that we hope will serve as a foundation for future policymaking, as well as catalyze important work within the developer and provider communities.  When combined with initiatives such as ECRI’s Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, and AAMI’s HIT Standards Development Initiative, this effort demonstrates private sector dedication to improve the safety and safe use of health IT.  But the federal government also must do its part by:

  • Coordinating data collection across the domains of safety, quality and value;
  • Supporting a national center on health IT safety; and
  • Finalizing policies discussed in the draft FDASIA Health IT Report.

AMIA members are proud to contribute substantively to the work convened by the NQF, and we are eager to see public-private collaboration to better ensure a cycle of continuous improvement in the safety and safe use of health IT.

AMIA Letter in Support of NQF Health IT Safety Committee Draft Report