THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVES

Kathleen Detar Gennuso

Abstract

Using information technology (IT) to reduce adverse events in healthcare has been a growing trend since its endorsement in the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. The implementation of comprehensive information systems in healthcare practices has proved to be a path riddled with pitfalls. Not unlike other industries, initially there are more failure stories than successes. Unfortunately the more comprehensive the technology, or the wider the span of the implementation, the more difficult it is to achieve success. This paper looks at the need for information technology (IT) in patient safety initiatives. Based on this foundation, it examines critical concepts in the process of implementation of systems supporting patient safety initiatives. Last, the paper identifies a sampling of ethical issues that commonly arise when IT is utilized in patient safety initiatives. Even though a transformational application of IT in this type of endeavor is difficult, it does not undermine the significant benefits that automation can provide and is required to provide by society and the law.

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Detar Gennuso K. (2012). THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVES . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2012) ISBN 978-989-8425-88-1, pages 143-146. DOI: 10.5220/0003726501430146


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf12,
author={Kathleen Detar Gennuso},
title={THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVES},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2012)},
year={2012},
pages={143-146},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003726501430146},
isbn={978-989-8425-88-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2012)
TI - THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVES
SN - 978-989-8425-88-1
AU - Detar Gennuso K.
PY - 2012
SP - 143
EP - 146
DO - 10.5220/0003726501430146