Digital health and patient safety: technology is not a magic wand

Mark Sujan, Philip Scott, Kathrin Cresswell

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Abstract

The use of novel health information technology provides avenues for potentially significant patient benefit. However, it is also timely to take a step back and to consider whether the use of these technologies is safe - or more precisely what the current evidence for their safety is, and what kinds of evidence we should be looking for in order to create a convincing argument for patient safety. This special issue on patient safety includes eight papers that demonstrate an increasing focus on qualitative approaches and a growing recognition that the sociotechnical lens of examining health information technology-associated change is important. We encourage a balanced approach to technology adoption that embraces innovation, but nonetheless insists upon suitable concerns for safety and evaluation of outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Early online date4 Oct 2019
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Publication statusEarly online - 4 Oct 2019

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