Should clinical software be regulated?

Karen L Fox
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00676.x
Published online: 6 November 2006

To the Editor: The editorial by Coiera and Westbrook raises some important points.1 Appropriate models of governance (vis-à-vis regulation) surrounding clinical software are required if we are to drive innovative technology on a course that is safe and effective for patients.

  • Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


  • 1. Coiera EW, Westbrook JI. Should clinical software be regulated? [editorial]. Med J Aust 2006; 184: 600-601. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Sauer C. Why information systems fail: a case study approach. Oxfordshire: Alfred Waller Ltd, 1993.
  • 3. Bomba D, Land T. The feasibility of implementing an electronic prescribing decision support system: a case study of an Australian public hospital. Aust Health Rev 2006; 30: 380-388.
  • 4. Beilby JJ, Duszynski AJ, Wilson A, Turnbull DA. Electronic decision support systems at point of care: trusting the deus ex machine [editorial]. Med J Aust 2005; 183: 99-100. <MJA full text>
  • 5. Evans SM, Cameron PA, Myles P, et al. Measurement, monitoring and clinical governance [letter]. Med J Aust 2005; 183: 543. <MJA full text>


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