Commentary: Congress needs to join employers and other health care stakeholders in efforts to accelerate the pace of improving patient safety. The Patient Safety Movement also is seeking congressional support, advocating legislation that promotes better health information technology, especially interoperability, thereby reducing medical errors.

Advocates note HIT systems need to be interoperable, so that units within hospitals can communicate quickly and accurately, as well as be able to share data with other hospitals. Evidence shows that where such systems are functioning correctly, medical errors – especially related to medications – are substantially lower.

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