The use of information technology (IT) or digital health is integral to the modern day transformations of healthcare delivery systems to improve quality and safety. IT is also becoming a key enabler for encouraging patients to actively participate in healthcare processes for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. At the same time the use of IT can introduce new, often unforeseen, side effects that can affect the safety and quality of care and may lead to patient harm. Because IT systems are usually implemented at a larger scale than the individual doctor e.g. for a hospital, healthcare system or nationally, IT-related risks, like those associated with faulty equipment, have the potential to affect many patients simultaneously and can lead to adverse events on a large scale with single events affecting tens to thousands of patients.
This presentation will aim to improve understanding about health IT and patient safety. It will identify the ways in which safety risks arise from system design, implementation and use, and discuss ways in which hazards need to be addressed at all stages in the IT life cycle.
After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:
Describe the ways in which IT can pose risks to patient safety
Identify the types of risks that arise from system design, implementation and use
Formulate strategies to address hazards at all stages in the IT life cycle
About the Speaker
Dr. Farah Magrabi is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Informatics within the Australian Institute for Health Innovation at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has a background in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and is passionate about ensuring the safety of IT in healthcare through good design and the appropriate application of technology. She is internationally recognised as a leader in the safety of health IT, and has made a major contribution to documenting the risks of IT to patient safety by examining incidents in Australia, the USA and England.