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2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) (2013)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Sept. 9, 2013 to Sept. 11, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7695-5089-3
pp: 1-13
Harold Thimbleby , Coll. of Sci., Univ. of Swansea, Swansea, UK
ABSTRACT
We need to improve healthcare technologies - electronic patient records, medical devices - by reducing use error and, in particular, unnoticed errors, since unnoticed errors cannot be managed by clinicians to reduce patient harm. Every system we have examined has multiple opportunities for safer design, suggesting a safety scoring system. Making safety scores visible will enable all stakeholders (regulators, procurers, clinicians, incident investigators, journalists, and of course patients) to be more informed, and hence put pressure on manufacturers to improve design safety. In the longer run, safety scores will need to evolve, both to accommodate manufacturers improving device safety and to accommodate insights from further research in design-induced error.
INDEX TERMS
Calculators, Medical services, Safety, Batteries, Web sites, Reliability
CITATION

H. Thimbleby, "Improving Safety in Medical Devices and Systems," 2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2014, pp. 1-13.
doi:10.1109/ICHI.2013.91
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