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Optimizing Health IT for Improved Patient Safety

You’ll learn the fundamental aspects of health information technology-related patient safety.  The course covers use of an eight-dimension socio-technical model that helps explain essential aspects of an HIT-enabled health care system. You will gain exposure to use of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT-sponsored System Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER) guides as well as a red-flag based approach for proactive EHR assessment. In addition, you will learn about basic user rights and responsibilities and their importance in creating a safe and effective EHR environment. You’ll need to have basic familiarity with the key hardware (e.g., databases, servers, workstations, networks) and software terms (computer-based provider order entry (CPOE), results review, admission/discharge/transfer) associated with an EHR-enabled health care system.

4.0 Total CME

4.0 Elective Credits - CPE

4.0 Elective Credits - Masters

4.0 Elective Credits - HIT

Course Objectives

  • Integrate a socio-technical approach when implementing and optimizing health information technology to improve healthcare quality and safety.
  • Utilize the ONC-sponsored SAFER guides to assess, diagnose and evaluate the overall safety of an organizations’ EHR-related patient safety.
  • Describe a process for utilizing a “red flag” based approach to identifying potential EHR-related safety concerns.
  • Recognize that EHR users have rights and responsibilities when using EHRs and understand how to manage conflicts that arise between different user groups.

Method of Participation

To complete this program successfully and claim credit, participants must follow these steps:

  • Read the educational objectives provided on the course summary page.
  • Attend the sessions or watch all the video lectures for this course (if applicable).
  • Read any course materials and complete any required activities.
  • Complete the course evaluation and post-test via your dashboard on the Association website. Successful completion of a given activity's post-test requires a minimum 75% passing score prior to claiming CME credit, with three attempts allowed.
  • CME certificates will be available for printing after claiming CME credit.
  • Estimated time for course completion is equivalent to the CME credit hours.

Key Dates

Original Course Release Date: March 2016

Course Expiration Date: March 2019

Access to Course Expires: 365 days from purchase date of course



The American Association for Physician Leadership® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations are eligible for full refund or transfer to another course (that occurs within 12 months) for up to 72 hours after purchase. A $100 processing fee applies to cancellations or transfers after 72 hours but before 30 days have elapsed. Cancellations after 30 days from purchase date are not eligible for refund or transfer.

Registrations may not be transferred to another person at any time. All refunds will be issued to the original form of payment. Refunds or transfers are not available if testing has occurred or CME is claimed.

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) and Association of American Medical Colleges’ (“AAMC”) joint initiative (ABMS MOC Directory ( ) to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities, Optimizing Health IT for Improved Patient Safety has met the MOC requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) by the following ABMS Member Boards: ABMS Member Boards:

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