The benefits of technology should not be overshadowed by avoidable patient harm
Well designed and implemented information technology (IT) can lead to safer and more effective clinical care.1 This rationale has triggered a rapid and unprecedented expansion in e-health investment globally, most recently in national-scale systems. However, e-health can sometimes lead to patient harm or death through problems in design or operation.2 Chances of harm increase with known risk factors such as poorly designed software or its implementation, including rapid deployment, and poor training and support.3 We have previously argued for regulation of clinical software to mitigate these hazards; a case echoed internationally.4-6
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