The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) has taken several steps to increase reporting to
PSOs and facilitate providers’ ability to collect data and solve
problems. Among other actions, ONC has established prizes for
application development and has proposed placing Common Formats
(the national standard taxonomy and electronic format for
reporting to PSOs) into meaningful use criteria.
Incident report system vendors are already moving toward
supporting Common Formats, as hospitals nationwide are linking up
with PSOs. With these new efforts by ONC, CHPSO anticipates that
Common Formats will become widespread.
ONC is offering $70,000 in prize money to the top three
contestants that develop applications to:
Increase the ease of reporting patient-safety events to the
provider or parent organization.
Enable providers to import relevant EMR, PHR and other
electronic information, including screen shots, to the
patient-safety report and, in turn, submit an Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Common Formats-compliant
report to one or more PSOs.
Capture useful demographic and other relevant information
from each patient including age, gender, race and relevant
Capture information about the type of organization submitting
the report using AHRQ’s PSO information format.
Reduce the burden of reporting by enabling the provider or
parent organization to have the option of submitting information
in the patient-safety report to non-PSO public health or health
oversight organizations, including state or federal programs, or
accrediting or certifying bodies.
Leverage and extend Nationwide Health Information Network
(NwHIN) standards and services including, but not limited to,
transport, content and standardized vocabularies.
The HITECH Act includes financial incentives for demonstrating
meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Now,
ONC is considering an addition to the meaningful use criteria
that would support reporting events, close calls and unsafe
conditions involving EHRs to PSOs. This proposal is included in
the recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making available at 77
FR 13832, in Section 170.314(g)(4) Safety-enhanced design.