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

Mark Sujan, Philip Scott, Kathrin Cresswell

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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
Pages (from-to)146045821987618
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Early online date4 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2019


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