Health Information Systems - Managing Clinical Risk

by Adrian Stavert-Dobson
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This is a practical book for health and IT professionals who need to ensure that patient safety is prioritized in the design and implementation of clinical information technology.

Healthcare professionals are increasingly reliant on information technology to deliver care and inform their clinical decision making. Health IT provides enormous benefits in efficiency, communication and decision making. However a number of high-profile UK and US studies have concluded that when Health IT is poorly designed or sub-optimally implemented then patient safety can be compromised.

Manufacturers and healthcare organizations are increasingly required to demonstrate that their Health IT solutions are proactively assured. Surprisingly the majority of systems are not subject to regulation so there is little in the way of practical guidance as to how risk management can be achieved. The book fills that gap.

The author, a doctor and IT professional, harnesses his two decades of experience to characterize the hazards that health technology can introduce. Risk can never be eliminated but by drawing on lessons from other safety-critical industries the book systematically sets out how clinical risk can be strategically controlled. The book proposes the employment of a Safety Case to articulate and justify residual risk so that not only is risk proactively managed but it is seen to be managed. These simple techniques drive product quality and allow a technology’s benefits to be realized without compromising patient safety.


Adrian Stavert-Dobson

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Illustrations Note:
XVIII, 305 p. 8 illus., 2 illus. in color.
Table of Contents:

Introduction.- Standards and Quality Management in Health IT.- The Nature of Risk and Safety.- Acceptability and Ownership of Risk.- The Safety Management System.- Undertaking a Clinical Risk Management Project.- The Scope of Clinical Risk Management.- The Hazardous Environment.- Failure of Health IT.- A Framework for Hazards in Health IT Systems.- Structuring the Hazard Register.- Populating the Hazard Register.- Estimating and Evaluating Clinical Risk.- Developing Control Strategies.- Software Testing in Clinical Risk Management.- Gathering Evidence for the Safety Case.- Developing the Safety Case.- Handling Faults in Live Service.- The Safety Case in Live Service.- Availability and Performance.- Evidencing Competency.- Language and Writing Style.

brings together the disciplines of patient safety, health informatics and

safety engineering in a simple and comprehensive text

Offers a
practical and systematic method for identifying potential hazards in Health IT
systems and presents options for how these risk can be mitigated

how residual risk can be justified by objectively developing a structured
argument and presenting evidence in the form of a balanced safety case

Media Type:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Adrian Stavert-Dobson is a medical doctor, computer programmer and health informatician. He successfully developed his first eHealth solution aged just 18 and went on to study Medicine at the University of Leicester. His passion for technology took him from clinical practice in anesthetics to full-time Hhealth IT working with a number of innovative software suppliers in the UK and abroad.

A strong advocate for patient safety, Adrian has specialized in the management of clinical risk in Health IT systems. Working alongside professional safety engineers he has adapted techniques well-established in other safety critical industries to the healthcare domain.

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Number of Pages:

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
April 3, 2018
Package Dimensions:
0.226 x 0.152 x 0.02 m; 0.48 kg
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