ONC seeking improved solution for reporting patient safety events


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has issued a challenge to multi-disciplinary teams to develop an application that enables reporting of patient safety events -- whether in hospital or ambulatory care settings -- according to an announcement in the April 11 Federal Register.

Patient safety organizations listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) create a safe environment for healthcare providers to collect, aggregate and analyze data without fear of legal discovery. ONC is looking for innovative tools that simplify the reporting of patient safety events.

ONC is offering a first-prize award of $50,000, followed by $15,000 and $5,000 awards.

According to ONC, the solution needs to make it easier for any individual to file a patient safety report electronically and capture the data using AHRQ’s Common Formats, but also allow for additional elements and notes. AHRQ coordinates the development of a set of common definitions and reporting formats that enable providers to voluntarily collect and submit standardized information regarding patient safety events. Standardized data elements enable valid comparisons of similar cases.

ONC said the developer’s application must allow quality and risk management staff to add information from follow-up investigations, submit reports as needed to patient safety organizations, the state, or the Food and Drug Administration, and track follow-up activities.

The application will also use nationwide health information network standards and services, including those for transport via Direct or web services, patient summary and transitions-of-care standard formats for content and standardized vocabularies.

Technologically, the application would also:


  • enable providers to import relevant electronic health record, personal health record and other electronic information, including screenshots, to the patient safety report and, in turn, submit an AHRQ Common Formats-compliant report to one or more patient safety organizations
;
  • capture useful demographic and other relevant data from each patient including age, gender, race and relevant diagnoses
; and
  • be platform-agnostic.

Developers need to submit their applications by end of the day July 23.

Click here for more information on the challenge.
 

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