Employ Risk Management Strategies

  • Implement a risk management system within the organization (including testing standards).

  • Utilize a process to test new IT systems for patient safety before they are implemented.

    • Perform a failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) before implementing any new systems to ensure that there are plans to address any potential issues.

  • Promote within your organization’s patient safety culture that there are no ‘grey areas’ when it comes to reporting IT safety issues.

  • Make it easy to decide whether an issue is patient safety related or not.

  • Consider the patient’s point of view.