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HHS signs off on IT patient-safety plan
Modern Healthcare

HHS has released its final plan to address patient safety issues arising from the use of health information technology. But putting in place a framework to monitor and then act on those issues remains a work in progress.

One significant change, however, compared to a draft plan released in December, was the addition of a role for the Joint Commission to assist HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in “detecting and proactively addressing potential health IT-related safety issues,” according to a five-page fact sheet about the plan.

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