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This set of SAFER Guides can also be found on the HealthIT.gov website which includes further description and documentation. The SAFER Guides consist of nine guides organized into three broad groups. They are provided here on the HITEQ Center knowledgebase as well for easy access to Health Centers. These guides enable healthcare organizations to address EHR safety in a variety of areas. Most organizations will want to start with the Foundational Guides, and proceed from there to address their areas of greatest interest or concern. The guides identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs. The interactive PDF versions of the guides can be downloaded and completed locally for self-assessment of an organization’s degree of conformance to the Recommended Practices. The downloaded guides can be filled out, saved, and transmitted between team members.

SAFER-2 Organizational Responsibilities

SAFER-2 Organizational Responsibilities

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

The Organizational Responsibilities SAFER Guide identifies individual and organizational responsibilities (activities, processes, and tasks) intended to optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs. A safe EHR implementation is critically dependent on the people involved.

This guide, compared to all of the others, focuses chiefly on human behavior and relationships, and it is organized differently than the other guides—in particular, it is not organized under the same Phases and Principles used for the other guides but is instead organized around principles that apply to the people who have responsibility for patient safety in EHR-enabled healthcare organizations.

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This resource collection was created by Joan Ash, Hardeep Singh, and Dean Sittig for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

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