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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....
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...
Clinical Risk Management Training
9 June 2015, by , in Blog, No comments
When we picture the hazards which Health IT could introduce, some risks to patient safety immediately come to mind; corrupt data, the wrong patient, missing data, system unavailable, etc. But hidden within the depths of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and other Health IT solutions lays a more mysterious hazard, one which can be hard to characterise...
Clinical Safety Officer at work
26 January 2015, by , in Blog, No comments
Health IT systems rarely cause harm in isolation; instead they form just one component of a complex ecosystem in which human operators co-exist and interoperate with technology. It is also naïve to conclude that any non-technical influential factor in contributing to risk exists exclusively in the domain of ‘user error’. Whilst it is the case...
13 January 2015, by , in Blog, No comments
We know that Health IT systems can introduce risk into the clinical environment. UK Safety Standards ISB 0129 and 0160 call for suppliers of Health IT systems and their implementing healthcare organisations to undertake Clinical Risk Management activities to manage that risk. In particular the Standards require organisations to nominate a Clinical Safety Officer (CSO),...
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...
Clinical Risk Management Training
10 October 2013, by , in Blog, 5 comments
Are you confused by the different safety standards and regulations which apply to eHealth? Certainly the relationship between the Medical Device Directive (MDD) and eHealth Safety Standards SCCI 0129 and SCCI 0160 can, at times, be complex. The SCCI Standards tell us that only one or the other can apply to a particular product so...
NHS England has recently indicated that all eHealth products (with the exception of Medical Devices) need to comply with Safety Standard ISB 0129 and ISB 0160. Suppliers and healthcare organisations are at different stages of maturity in gaining compliance. Proactively managing risk in eHealth technology is the right thing to do – it benefits patients...