Unit 2: Principles of Quality and Safety for HIT

This unit is designed to introduce the learner to the magnitude of the problem of medical error in the US. The health care system and the role of the learning in helping to make our system safer is explored. Emphasis is placed on how the science of safety can be applied to health care and the impact of system factors on patient safety. Three principles of safe design are introduced (eliminate steps, create independent checks. and learn from mistakes).