GPs needed for TechWatch critical incident study

The team behind the TechWatch study of critical incidents in healthcare IT is inviting more GPs to join the project to help track computer-related problems that can affect patient safety.

TechWatch, jointly led by Farah Magrabi, Michael Kidd, Teng Liaw and Enrico Coiera from the University of NSW and Flinders University, aims to evaluate the safety of using information technology in routine general practice work.

“IT has many benefits for clinical medicine, however problems with computers use can introduce new errors that affect the safety and quality of clinical care and may put patients at risk of adverse events,” Dr Magrabi said.

Incidents can be reported online or by telephone. Dr Magrabi said interested participants can join at www.techwatch.unsw.edu.au or call 1800 892 824.

TechWatch is a declared quality assurance activity under the Commonwealth Qualified Privilege Scheme. For more information, see Pulse+IT's story on the launch of the study.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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