ISQua Education is delighted to present our Global Debate for 2015:
“Health Information Technology is already improving healthcare safety and current regulation around it is sufficient“.
Substantial evidence exists to show that HIT can improve safety, and it is being increasingly widely adopted in many developed countries. While there are some isolated reports that make it clear that implementation of EHRs in particular does sometimes create new safety issues, these are mostly case reports and anecdotes. If HIT were more tightly regulated, this could severely inhibit innovation in HIT development and tighter regulation would thus not result in safety improvement and might well even make safety worse.