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ACPE Announces Support for New HHS Health IT Safety Plan

TAMPA, Fla., July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) today announced its support for the new health IT safety plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aimed at eliminating medical errors, protecting patients and improving the quality and safety of care.

"Technology is a key asset in our ongoing mission to improve patient safety and reduce harm," said Peter Angood, MD, ACPE's CEO. "This new plan from HHS represents a critically important step forward in making our health care system safer and more reliable."

ACPE, which represents more than 11,000 high-level physician leaders in all types of health care from 45 different countries, has a strong commitment to expanding and improving the use of information technology.  In 2010, ACPE launched its Health IT Leadership Certificate program, targeted toward physicians who want to lead health care change. More than 50 physicians have earned the certificate, which includes 40 hours of online coursework and a capstone project.

The curriculum was developed with the help of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Carnegie Mellon University; the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME); and Dearborn Advisors, LLC.  Courses include electronic health record (EHR) implementation; electronic prescribing; informatics and Meaningful Use; and clinical decision support, among others.

ACPE also demonstrated its commitment to the improved use of health IT by joining the recent Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Health Innovation Initiative, which earlier this year released a set of principles and recommendations calling for a risk-based, flexible framework for the oversight of health IT that encourages innovation while protecting patient safety.

Contact: Carrie Johnson, ACPE public relations manager