CHA News Article

New Guides Address Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience
Each includes assessment checklist for multidisiplinary team

The newly published Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides are self-assessment booklets designed to help health care organizations optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs). Published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, each guide begins with a checklist that can be used by a multidisciplinary team for assessing their organization’s level of implementation of each recommended practice. The California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) was among six quality oversight and patient safety organizations to review guidelines and dissemination plans, along with the ECRI Institute, Institute for Safe Medical Practices, The Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Foundation and Pascal Metrics. As part of the roll out, CHPSO plans to ensure that hospitals can share locally developed practices, as there is no set of standard “safest” practices yet identified. Hospitals that have questions about the guides may contact CHPSO.

Additional information and copies of the guides are available on the CHPSO website at