The SAFER Guides

The POET group of researchers was instrumental in developing the SAFER (Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience) guides for EHR safety, published by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT in January of 2014.  This series of self-assessment guides was developed to assist health care organizations, health care professionals, and others to evaluate certain high-risk components of their EHR-enabled clinical work systems.  To help improve patient safety, these guides focus on eight specific risk areas: computerized provider order entry (CPOE) with clinical decision support (CDS); clinician communication; patient identification; contingency planning; organizational responsibilities; system configuration; test result reporting and follow-up; and system interfaces.  In addition, a guide to the highest priority issues throughout the guides was also developed for use as a starting point for guide users.The overall purpose of the SAFER guides’ development effort was to produce proactive self-assessment guides that will help ensure the safe implementation and use of electronic health record (EHR) systems and avoid harm to patients.

Click on the following documents for more information:

ONC Issues Guides for SAFER EHRs

SAFER Guides will help optimize for safety

Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides

Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER): study protocol

Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides: Summary of In-Person Meeting