CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Appl Clin Inform 2017; 08(02): 680-685
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2017-02-IE-0032
Invited Editorial
Schattauer GmbH

Who Watches the Watchers

Working Towards Safety for EHR Knowledge Resources
Steven E. Labkoff
1  Purdue Pharma L.P., Stamford, CT
Dean F. Sittig
2  School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX
› Author Affiliations
Further Information

Publication History

received: 12 February 2017

accepted: 20 April 2017

Publication Date:
21 December 2017 (online)



The rise in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and associated resources over the last decade is leading to the end of the paper medical record and all the risks associated with the use of a paper chart. However, there has not been a concomitant creation of a systematic oversight body that is specifically charged with ensuring the public’s safety through the use of EHR knowledge resource tools or EHRs themselves. We recommend the formation a Health Information Technology Safety Center. Such a center could collect error reports, review EHRs and the knowledge resources incorporated within them, and investigate particularly challenging EHR-related safety issues at participating health care delivery organizations. Safety issues could be identified, corrected, and the solutions widely disseminated.

Citation: Labkoff SE, Sittig DF. Who watches the watchers: working towards safety for EHR knowledge resources. Appl Clin Inform 2017; 8: 680–685

Human Subjects Protections

This editorial contains no patient data, therefore, it is not subject to Human Subject Research Approval