Quality and Patient Safety

Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement

Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine brought public attention to the issue of medical errors and adverse events, patient safety concerns remain a serious public health issue that must be tackled with a more pervasive response. With a grant from AIG, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) convened an expert panel in February 2015 to assess the state of the patient safety field and set the stage for the next 15 years of work.

HIMSS promotes and advocates the integration of patient safety tools and practices for all healthcare organizations, clinicians, patients and community members. The benefits of these practices are improved healthcare quality, communication, education, and services. Good patient safety practices and strategies can also help make organizations and processes more accessible, efficient and cost-effective.

You can learn more about patient safety and quality outcomes on himss.org by viewing related committees, task forces and work groups, or learning about how leveraging health information technology is impacting the industry through clinical decision support and medical devices.

For more information regarding patient safety and quality outcomes, please contact Arnol Simmons at ASimmons@HIMSS.org .


HIMSS submits policy recommendations for quality measure development, implementation timelines, certification and reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The 2016 HIMSS eCQM Letter highlights the steps that policymakers should take to:

  • ensure that eCQM reporting accurately reflects the quality of care delivered.
  • minimize the implementation and data collection burden on providers and health IT developers by using information already collected for care and reducing the introduction of new workflows.
  • eCQMs and their associated data must be relevant, useful and able to be used by providers and healthcare organizations to enhance care delivery and ultimately improve patient care outcomes.


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