Designing IT to make healthcare safer - Harold Thimbleby
If preventable error in hospitals was a disease, it would be our sixth biggest killer: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/designing-it-to-make-healthcare-safer
Errors in healthcare are a huge problem that is ften invisible. If it were a disease it would be the sixth most lethal, ahead of diabetes and ahead of road accidents. Often imagined as a cure to medical error, IT systems often make the situation worse. We have had so many problems with IT systems in hospitals that some have argued that healthcare has become an IT problem, and certainly it is one of the key barriers to improving healthcare. But need it be so? What might be the problem?
This lecture focuses on computer and IT systems in hospitals, including mobile devices, what’s wrong with them and how they can be improved. Such problems are ubiquitous, and by no means limited to healthcare.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/designing-it-to-make-healthcare-safer
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