JAMA: Why aren’t health IT makers liable for product-related medical errors?

Now this is an interesting article.

“Even when their products are implicated in harm to patients, manufacturers of health IT have wide contractual and legal protection that renders them virtually “liability-free,” according to a March 25 commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

I’m not going to argue on either side of the coin but I believe all healthcare informatics practitioner ill know (deep in their hearts), the number of human errors made versus the amount of machine (one that is programmed to repeatedly perform the same function with accuracy) is far higher (and a machine error that results from a human’s action is still a human error).

However, before I get abused by supporter of the other side of the coin, I do concur with the original article on the whole.

Take a read, its food for thought

About Adam Chee

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