The IOM released Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care, a report that describes a detailed plan to facilitate the development of data standards applicable to the collection, coding, and classification of patient safety information.
This report addresses key areas related to the establishment of a national health information infrastructure, including:
- a process for the ongoing promulgation of data standards;
- the status of current standards-setting activities in health data interchange, terminologies, and medical knowledge representation; as well as
- the need for comprehensive patient safety programs in health care organizations.
Recommendations are made for an applied research agenda on patient safety.