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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-7 Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support

SAFER-7 Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support

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

The Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support SAFER Guide identifies recommended safety practices associated with Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and Clinical Decision Support (CDS). Completing this self-assessment in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team will help an organization optimize the safety and safe use of CPOE with CDS in the EHR.

The implementation and use of CPOE with CDS is complex and fragile, requiring careful planning, implementation, and maintenance to function properly. In the EHR-enabled healthcare environment, providers rely on technology to support and manage the complex processes related to CPOE with decision support, and this reliance creates potential safety risks that can be minimized by the adoption of the recommended practices in this guide.

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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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