Patient Safety: A Critical System Property

One of the fundamental reasons for CDS implementation is to improve patient safety by eliminating errors and increasing adherence to evidence-based standards. In this section, we delve deeper into the critical area of patient safety.

It has become abundantly clear that the following issues are a new reality to healthcare:

• Patient safety must be considered a critical system property of any HIT solution.

• To generate the greatest benefits and lowest risk associated with healthcare information technology solutions, they must be considered as part of a socio-technical system, and human performance dynamics are core to optimizing safety and performance.

• Safe care, in fact great care, exists at the intersection ...

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