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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Considerations for Design of High-Reliability Healthcare Systems

In the design of safety-critical systems, one of the first tasks is to adequately specify the reliability and maintainability requirements as defined by the stakeholders in terms of their overall availability needs. There are several design techniques that are important to employ when designing or evaluating an IT system or component.

Fail-Safe Design

A fail-safe system is designed to return to a safe condition in the event of a failure or malfunction. A fail-safe or fail-secure medical system or device is one that, in the event of failure, responds in a way that is predictable and will cause no harm to other devices or danger to patients or personnel.

A system is fail-safe not ...

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