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5 December 2016, by , in Blog, No comments
Working with manufacturers of health IT systems, it’s fascinating to watch organisations evolve and mature as they implement the SCCI 0129 safety management processes. I consistently see organisations pass through various stages of safety maturity. Proactive assurance and safe design is the ultimate goal. Yet so many organisations, without help, get lost along the way....
Clinical Safety Officer at work
19 May 2016, by , in Blog, No comments
This week I’ve been developing a hazard log for an innovative health IT product. Constructing a hazard log from scratch can be a daunting experience and many see it as a labour-intensive tick-box exercise. But done properly, the activity really makes you examine the product – often you are the first person to look at...
Dr showing patient information
21 January 2016, by , in Blog, 1 comment
Many of us have done it. You’re with a patient and you launch that handy little app which you’ve just downloaded to your smartphone. It might perform a useful calculation, crunch through an algorithm or generate some essential clinical advice. During a busy day’s work, clinical apps can save us time, paper and brainpower. But...
clinical safety training
22 September 2015, by , in Blog, No comments
When I run SCCI 0160 courses in clinical risk management in Health IT I like to ask attendees lots of questions. I often feel that I learn as much as they do at these sessions. One question in particular nearly always gets a predictable answer; how do you manage risk in your health IT systems...
1 October 2014, by , in Blog, No comments
The industry has come to accept that Health IT (HIT) systems can both mitigate and introduce risk in healthcare delivery. Suppliers and healthcare organisations need to take proactive steps to manage risk in the deployment and maintenance of these systems. Both the FDA and UK’s HSCIC (under ISB 0160 and 0129) require us to formulate...
4 August 2014, by , in Blog, No comments
So you’ve identified a problem with your Health IT system and you know that it could contribute to clinical risk. What next? Often the most fruitful activity is to write it down ready for your risk assessment – carefully, unemotionally and objectively. Doing this brings together a clear understanding of the problem at that point...
ISB 0129
10 December 2013, by , in Blog, No comments
We often find ourselves trying to explain what we mean by terms like ‘risk’ and ‘clinical risk’. There are many definitions and it’s important for us to remain consistent, especially when we communicate across organisational boundaries. Ask the average person and they’ll probably say that risk is ‘the chance of something bad happening’ – or...