Shouldn’t patient safety precede technology?
This was described as a ‘technical’ mistake rather than a ‘medical’ one, and therefore ‘safe’.
Was this reasonable? Or simplistic? Was it a one-off, or part of a systemic problem?
E-health is a new science. With any innovation in medicine comes the risk of creating new ways of doing harm. The question we need to ask is: Have we set the new ways of working so that we know if we are harming people?
Two significant studies on patient safety in an electronic world were released recently. The first1 examined six years of safety reports in