E-health safety governance

E-health safety governance

Centre for health informatics

Research Stream: Patient Safety Informatics

Governance written in clouds, in the sky

Project member/contact

Associate Professor Farah Magrabi
T: +612 9850 2429
E: farah.magrabi@mq.edu.au

Project main description

Historically e-health or clinical software systems have not been subject to regulation – unlike software embedded in medical devices (an ECG system, for example). Moreover, little evidence is available to shape regulations and governance strategies for e-health. The goals of this research are to investigate models for the governance of e-health.

With colleagues from the UK, the US and Europe, we led a comparative review of the safety governance for e-health in six countries – Australia, the US, England, Canada, Denmark and The Netherlands. The review examined a broad range of national initiatives including guidelines, standards, certification, regulation and incident monitoring, and found significant gaps in the safety governance of e-health. We have also worked with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to review the international evidence about the monitoring of, and response to, critical incidents associated with e-health.

Opportunities (scholarships, grants and research positions)

Our postgraduate programs allow candidates to undertake advanced research leading to a Master's or PhD degree under the supervision of experienced senior research staff in one of AIHI’s research areas. Current research opportunities at AIHI.


  1. Magrabi F, Aarts J, Nohr C, Baker M, Harrison S, Pelayo S, et al. A comparative review of patient safety initiatives for national health information technology. Int J Med Inform. 2013;82(5):e139-48.
  2. Coiera E, Aarts J, Kulikowski C. The dangerous decade. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012;19(1):2-5.
  3. Coiera EW, Kidd MR, Haikerwal MC. A call for national e-health clinical safety governance. Med J Aust. 2012;196(7):430-1.

Project sponsors

Macquarie University

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