Thursday, December 27, 2012

HHS Stops Short Of Calling For Safety Regulation Of Digital Records – Capsules - The KHN Blog

HHS Stops Short Of Calling For Safety Regulation Of Digital Records – Capsules - The KHN Blog
The Obama administration Friday urged cooperation between software companies and caregivers to prevent patient harm caused by faulty electronic records. But it stopped short of calling for regulation or a federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients.

“We are saying to the vendors: Step up and prove your ability to create a code of conduct that would be enforceable, that would bind you voluntarily to reporting safety events,” Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the administration’s coordinator for health information technology, said about the report. “And what we’re saying is: If you don’t step up, we can always look at more classic regulatory approaches.”
Sounds a bit collusional to me, but I'm not a legal sort.

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