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IOM Publishes Anticipated Report on HIT and Patient Safety

Earlier today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report on “HIT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.”  The report examines and puts forward recommendations on the safety aspects of HIT adoption.  It also explores, to a certain degree, research gaps and risk minimization opportunities.

One of the many considerations for researchers identified in the IOM report is related to radiology information systems and other so-called “niche health IT products developed for specialties.”  The report suggests that researchers should explore the potential safety implications of these products and their interactions within EHRs.

The most controversial component of the IOM report is probably the appendix authored by Dr. Richard Cook (one of the IOM committee members) that argues for FDA regulation of all HIT solutions as class III medical devices.  Dr. Cook’s views in this appendix are not reflected in the formal recommendations of the IOM committee, and are only presented as a dissenting statement and alternative recommendation.

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