Gordon Schiff, M.D., associate director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is getting ready to head up an ambitious study on CPOE-related errors. The year-long study, funded by The National Patient Safety Foundation, will examine 200,000 reports to elicit common themes and, hopefully, identify possible solutions. Schiff and his team will also look to kick the tires of software in use today to see what vulnerabilities can be found. To learn more, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently talked with the practicing physician.
Chapter 1 —Topics Covered: Overview of Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; overview and goals of the program; the MEDMARX database; finding all the CPOE error reports [audio:One-on-One-W-Gordon-Schiff-Chapter-1.mp3]
Chapter 2 — Topics Covered: Will the researchers speak to those who have filed reports?; Testing CPOE software used in the marketplace; Shedding light on “black boxes”; plans for using findings to create change; wouldn’t it be nice to have the findings today? [audio:One-on-One-W-Gordon-Schiff-Chapter-2.mp3]
Chapter 3 — Topics Covered: Challenges of implementation on a tight timeline; is the Policy Committee on the right track with vision of a national database to collect errors?; merits of an instant feedback button; are CPOE systems ready for primetime? [audio:One-on-One-W-Gordon-Schiff-Chapter-3.mp3]