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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-8 Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up

SAFER-8 Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up

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

The Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up SAFER Guide identifies recommended safety practices intended to optimize the safety and safe use of processes and EHR technology for the electronic communication and management of diagnostic test results. Processes relating to test results are fragile, requiring careful planning, implementation, and maintenance to deliver correct information promptly to the intended recipients.

In the EHR-enabled healthcare environment, providers rely on technology to support and manage the reporting and follow-up of test results. This guide offers recommended practices related to the content and communication of test results to the clinician, as well as recommended practices related to the documentation and follow-up of test results.

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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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