This section contains resources that help health centers to successfully implement EHRs, including leadership teams needed, workflow adoption, transitioning between EHRs, meaningful use, and patient safety issues.

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SAFER-3 Contingency Planning

SAFER-3 Contingency Planning

A Resource Developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Contingency Planning SAFER Guide identifies recommended safety practices associated with planned or unplanned EHR unavailability—instances in which clinicians or other end users cannot access all or part of the EHR. Occasional temporary unavailability of EHRs is inevitable, due to failures of software and hardware infrastructure, as well as power outages and natural and man-made disasters. Such unavailability can introduce substantial safety risks to organizations that have not adequately prepared.

Effective contingency planning addresses the causes and consequences of EHR unavailability, and involves processes and preparations that can minimize the frequency and impact of such events, ensuring continuity of care.

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