- November 14, 2011
EHR safety will likely get new scrutiny in the wake of an Institute of Medicine report. It remains to be seen if the FDA, ONC, TJC or some other entity will do the watchdog work.
- September 27, 2011
A biomedical engineer is launching a new site where medical device safety data is more accessible and searchable than on government sites. Future plans include a ratings system.
- September 20, 2011
A new safety committee is advising the FDA on theoretical scenarios that could eventually regulate biomedical device and EHR interoperability. CIOs should get prepared now.
- September 07, 2011
EHRevents.org offers health care providers a place to file adverse event reports concerning EHR technology. Reports will be forwarded to the FDA, which wants to track EHR safety.
- August 31, 2011
While a survey of 2,700 U.S. adults shows that some patient concerns about health data security in EHR systems are warranted, physicians can still help allay unwarranted fears.
- August 29, 2011
Medical liability leaves some providers wary of electronic health records. Clinical decision support adds another level of risk, presenters at AHIMA's Legal EHR Summit note.
- August 04, 2011
Looming FDA regulations could turn smartphones into Class II medical devices. Early reaction from stakeholders suggests this could throw a wet blanket on innovation.
- March 23, 2011
An Institute of Medicine report on health IT due in early fall could rewrite the book on EHR safety and trip off FDA rulemaking. A new, free newsletter keeps tabs on the issue.
- December 27, 2010
A recent ECRI Institute report pegs IT safety -- for EHR systems, mobile devices, networks and so on -- as a top patient safety concern for 2011. Alarm fatigue ranks high as well.
- November 15, 2010
Outside D.C., talk of the FDA regulating EHR software might have died down, but the agency still is determining how it will move forward and complement the work of the ONC.
- August 16, 2010
Lack of EHR safety coordination between the ONC and the FDA leaves the job to private entities. Here's what hospitals can do to protect themselves now.
- June 25, 2010
The role of health IT in opening communication between patients and providers, and in improving patient safety, cannot be underemphasized, two University of Illinois at Chicago physicians note in this podcast.
- February 08, 2010
A group is pushing to keep the unique device identifier database in the federal health care reform bill. This database will expedite and broaden product recalls, improving patient safety.