E-health safety governance
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.
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- Coiera EW, Kidd MR, Haikerwal MC. A call for national e-health clinical safety governance. Med J Aust. 2012;196(7):430-1.
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