CHA News Article

Pilot Program Uses EHR Data to Facilitate Reporting
Opportunity for hospitals, risk management information and EHR vendors

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Structured Data Capture (SDC) initiative is developing and validating standards-based data architecture to allow electronic health records (EHRs) data to be accessed for other appropriate purposes, including collecting and transmitting data for patient safety and adverse event reporting. The California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) co-chairs the ONC workgroup implementing incident reporting and FDA adverse event reporting, and is looking for organizations interested in testing automated capture of relevant data for these reports.

Serving as a pilot site will help advance testing and validation of standards that will be included in meaningful use and EHR certification criteria. Hospitals also will benefit by being early adopters of new functionality that facilitates reporting of and learning from adverse events. To express interest in participating in the SDC initiative for adverse event and safety event reporting, see the pilot participation checklist.

Typically, participation would be a joint project of a provider organization, a risk management information system vendor and an EHR vendor.

EHR data utility is limited due to a lack of uniformity in the terminology and definitions. Linking EHR data with other data in a uniform and structured way will accelerate quality and safety improvement, population health and research. SDC will:

  • Decrease the data collection burden on providers and staff
  • Provide a standardized and structured approach for collection and transmission of data
  • Reduce the need to customize EHR and health IT systems
  • Remove barriers to volunteer adverse events

For more information, contact CHPSO at (916) 552-2600.