That's the conclusion of Eta S. Berner, a professor of healthcare informatics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of a sobering article in the fall Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Journal. If you haven't seen it, the gist is that:
- Hospitals could be liable if their clinicians make decisions based on a decision-support system that has faulty or incomplete rules, and they could be held responsible for those rules even if the vendor programmed them; and
- Decision-support systems are getting to be just common enough to begin to constitute a standard of care, and hospitals might be liable for not having one if its absence is deemed to have harmed a patient, or if a doctor overrides the system without a good reason.
Be the first to comment on this!
This article is for subscribers only. To view the entire article
Note: Please enter a display name. Your email address will not be publically displayed