According to a report released March 13 by the ECRI Institute, electronic health record information management is the top patient safety concern of 2017.

The annual report is based on data from ECRI’s Patient Safety Organization, along with concerns raised by provider organizations and experts. The report seeks to help provider organizations prioritize issues and create corrective action plans.

Other top patient safety concerns listed in the report include:

  • unrecognized patient deterioration;
  • implementation and use of clinical decision support;
  • test result reporting and follow-up;
  • antimicrobial stewardship;
  • patient identification;
  • opioid administration and monitoring in acute care;
  • behavioral health issues in nonbehavioral health settings;
  • management of new oral anticoagulants; and
  • inadequate organization systems or processes to improve safety and quality.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.