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NEW RESEARCH PAPER: What is the safety case for health IT? A study of assurance practices in T England

7th September 2018 - Mark Sujan has published a new paper in Safety Science. The paper`s objective: Health IT (HIT) systems are increasingly becoming a core infrastructural technology in healthcare. However, failures of these systems, under certain conditions, can lead to patient harm and as such the safety case for HIT has to be explicitly made. This study focuses on safety assurance practices of HIT in England and investigates how clinicians and engineers currently analyse, control and justify HIT safety risks. See more about the paper.

NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: SAM - Safety assurance of autonomous intravenous medication management systems – requirements and strategies

3rd September 2018 - HRA were awarded a grant from the Assuring Autonomy International Programme, which is managed jointly by Lloyds Register Foundation (a charity) to work with the University of Yorkwith the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Digital to explore the safety assurance of autonomous intravenous medication management systems. See more about the project

NEW STAFF: Dominic Furniss joins HRA

1st September 2018 - Dominic joined HRA after working at UCL as a postdoctoral researcher. See more about his bio.

NEW RESEARCH PAPER: On the application of Human Reliability Analysis in healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

30th June 2018 - David Embrey and Mark Sujan co-authored a paper for Reliability Engineering & System Safety. The abstract says: Safety in healthcare is a relatively recent field, but has received considerable attention over the past 15 years. Healthcare organisations have been encouraged to learn from safety management practices in other industries. In this paper we analyse opportunities and challenges for the application of Human Reliability Analysis (HRA) in healthcare. We consider the poor levels of reliability of many healthcare processes, performance variability, the absence of regulatory frameworks that incentivise proactive risk management, and the unique role of the patient. We conclude that HRA could provide a useful framework for the analysis and reduction of risk in healthcare, but techniques might have to be adapted and applied with due consideration of the specifics of the cultural and regulatory context of this domain. This includes clinical engagement with and ownership of the HRA process, greater focus on rigorous evaluation of cost-effectiveness of HRA techniques, and active involvement of patients.

The paper can be found here but contact Mark to request a copy of the paper if you don`t have access.

NEW STAFF: Mark Sujan joins HRA

1st June 2018 - Mark joined HRA after working at the University of Warwick as a senior lecturer. See more about his bio.

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