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Safe Use of Electronic Health Records and Health Information Technology Systems: Trust But Verify
Denham CR, Classen DC, Swensen SJ, Henderson JM, Zeltner TB, Bates DW
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"Trust but verify" is a Russian phrase made famous by President Ronald Reagan during his nuclear arms negotiations with his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev, who was reported to have said of the President's use of the phrase, "You repeat that at every meeting." [1]

Trust but Verify

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on Health Information Technology (HIT) and Patient Safety that clearly articulated the significant risks to patients, provided useful conceptual models, and made recommendations including verification of HIT performance; it also cited the use of existing methods such the Texas Medical Institute of Technology electronic health record computer prescriber order entry (TMIT EHR-CPOE) flight simulator. [2],[3],[4] Late in 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the Dept. of Health and Human Services issued an action plan for public comment acknowledging the IOM report and included recommendations that would "leverage existing federal agency authorities and private sector safety programs to increase knowledge about health IT safety among health care professionals and improve how HIT makes care safer". [5]

This article has been posted by TMIT with permission from the Journal of Patient Safety.

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