Secret FDA Report Reveals Health Information Technology Safety Issues

Kaye Beach

April 4,2011

While we are being treated to the virtually  unopposed assertion that health information technology is going to make us so much safer, I thought it might be worthwhile to see just what could go wrong.  (With the government in charge of all that information, how much can possibly go right?)  No matter how fabulous the technology, it is still us lowly humans that are in control of it.  We are and always will be, the weakest link.

For some reason the government hasn’t made much of a study out of the issue and solid, quantifiable figures on people harmed or killed due to info foul ups are tough to come by.  It took a little digging but the indicators that there might be trouble in technology-enabled  universal health care paradise is out  there.

I wonder who will be held accountable in cases like this?

Here is the document summary but be sure to read Health Care Renewals entire report too

In summary, the results of this data review suggest significant clinical implications and public safety issues surrounding Health Information Technology. The most commonly reported H-IT safety issues included wrong patient/wrong data, medication administration issues, clinical data loss/miscalculation, and unforeseen software design issues; all of which have varying impact on the patient’s clinical care and outcome, which included 6 death and 43 injuries. The absence of mandatory reporting enforcement of H-IT safety issues limits the number of relevant MDRs and impedes a more comprehensive understanding of the actual problems and implications.

Health Care Renewal, an site dedicated to

“Addressing threats to health care’s core values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of power. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.”





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