Clinical Safety and Quality Management in Health IT

Clinical Safety and Quality Management in Health IT

Benedict Stanberry (Medical Imaging Group Limited, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-780-5.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter describes the principle risks that are associated with the supply of healthcare information systems, services, and technologies and the emerging best clinical safety and quality management practices that are being adopted by both users and suppliers in order to mitigate or remove these risks. It states that there are two principle sources of risk: one derived from the potential harm that could be caused to patients and users in a care environment and the other derived from possible failures to achieve the specifications and service levels demanded by a buyer. It argues that for a health IT supplier, implementing industry best practices in an effective way not only provides a high level of protection from both sources of risk but has in any event now become a minimum expectation on the part of users such as the NHS Connecting for Health programme. The chapter concludes that although quality, safety and performance standards in health IT still lag behind other, more established sectors of healthcare innovation—such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices—new standards for clinical safety and quality management are rapidly emerging, introducing a new dimension into informatics standardisation and substantially but necessarily raising the barriers to entry into the health IT market place.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Diane Whitehouse
Preface
Penny Duquenoy
Acknowledgment
Penny Duquenoy, Carlisle George, Kai Kimppa
Chapter 1
Carlisle George, Penny Duquenoy
The growth of the Internet over the last 10 years as a medium of information and as a communication technology has provided the opportunity for... Sample PDF
Online Medical Consultations: Legal, Ethical, and Social Perspectives
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Chapter 2
Göran Collste
What are the ethical implications of information and communication technology in healthcare and how can new ICT-systems fit in an ethically based... Sample PDF
Applied Ethics and ICT-Systems in Healthcare
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Chapter 3
Rania Shibl, Kay Fielden, Andy Bissett, Den Pain
Our study of the use of clinical decision support systems by general practitioners in New Zealand reveals the pervasive nature of the issue of... Sample PDF
Trust and Clinical Information Systems
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Chapter 4
Karin Hedström
This chapter analyses the effects of introducing ICT as a support for the social record in elderly care. The effects of the electronic social record... Sample PDF
Values of an Electronic Social Record
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Chapter 5
Hannah H. Gröndahl
Are agency and responsibility solely ascribable to humans? This chapter explores the question from legal and ethical perspectives. In addition to... Sample PDF
Are Agency and Responsibility Still Solely Ascribable to Humans? The Case of Medical Decision Support Systems
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Chapter 6
Janne Lahtiranta, Kai K. Kimppa
In this chapter, we look into the potential problems arising from the use of information and communication technology (ICT) artifacts in electronic... Sample PDF
Responsibility in Electronic Health: What Muddles the Picture?
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Chapter 7
Anthony E. Solomonides
Grid computing is a new technology enhancing services already offered by the Internet offering rapid computation, large-scale data storage, and... Sample PDF
Compliance and Creativity in Grid Computing
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Chapter 8
Benedict Stanberry
This chapter describes the principle risks that are associated with the supply of healthcare information systems, services, and technologies and the... Sample PDF
Clinical Safety and Quality Management in Health IT
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Chapter 9
Maria Yin Ling Fung, John Paynter
The increased use of the Internet and latest information technologies such as wireless computing is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by... Sample PDF
The Impact of Information Technology in Healthcare Privacy
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Chapter 10
Boštjan Bercic, Carlisle George
In recent years, various national medical databases have been set up in the EU from disparate local databases and file systems. Medical records... Sample PDF
Compiling Medical Data into National Medical Databases: Legitimate Practice or Data Protection Concern?
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Chapter 11
Emilio Mordini
Identity is important when it is weak. This apparent paradox is the core of the current debate on identity. Traditionally, verification of identity... Sample PDF
Biometrics, Human Body, and Medicine: A Controversial History
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Chapter 12
Kevin Warwick, Daniela Cerqui
In this chapter, we take a look at the realistic future possibility of thought communication— brain to machine and brain to brain. Technical details... Sample PDF
Prospects for Thought Communication: Brain to Machine and Brain to Brain
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