ECRI Institute Honors 10th Annual National Health IT Week--October 5-9, 2015

Recognizing the collaborative advances developed through the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety

Oct 05, 2015, 10:05 ET from ECRI Institute

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare, ECRI Institute and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology Week, October 5-9. The theme is "One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care."

In line with this theme, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative convened by ECRI Institute, has taken key steps in focusing on health IT safety issues. The Partnership provides a trusted, non-punitive forum for all stakeholders to collect and analyze safety events and hazards, identify and share promising solutions and best practices, and inform policymakers and the broader healthcare community about priorities for health IT safety.

Stakeholders involved and interested in the Partnership are meeting at ECRI Institute headquarters in Plymouth Meeting, PA, on October 16, 2015, for a one-day program entitled "Partnering for Action." The meeting, with funding from the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy, brings together leaders from healthcare institutions, health IT developers, patient safety organizations, professional associations, academia, and the government to identify and define key priorities for enhancing the safety of health IT.

Stakeholders will review the "Health IT Safe Practices: Toolkit for the Safe Use of Copy and Paste," developed through the work of the Partnership's multi-stakeholder workgroup. The Health IT Safe Practices, along with an accompanying toolkit, will be released to the public in an effort to improve health IT safety throughout the healthcare community.

The overall goal of this private sector initiative is advancing health IT safety and promoting the safe use of health IT by leveraging the work of patient safety organizations, providers, organizations, health IT vendors,  collaborating organizations, and an expert advisory panel. The Partnership aims to create a learning environment that mitigates risk and facilitates improvement.

To learn more about ECRI Institute's effort in health IT safety, visit, or contact us by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-1275; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. If you would like to receive free resources from ECRI Institute, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

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