An overview of HIT-related errors

Farah Magrabi*, Mei-sing Ong, Enrico Coiera

*Corresponding author for this work

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Alongside all its benefits, the widespread adoption of health care information technology (HIT) is coupled with emerging risks to patient safety. Evidence about patient harms associated with HIT is mounting. Data breach and cyber-crime can also pose risks. Problems with the design, implementation and use of systems give rise to clinical errors. As safety is an emergent system property, it needs to be addressed throughout the life cycle of HIT systems including design, build, implementation, and use. Classification systems help to understand underlying causes of errors and to facilitate timely detection of new problems that can pose threats to patient safety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety of Health IT
Subtitle of host publicationclinical case studies
EditorsAbha Agrawal
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319311234
ISBN (Print)9783319311210
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Adverse event
  • Error
  • Health information technology
  • Human error
  • Patient safety
  • System failure

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