WASHINGTON — I just spent three long days covering the open public forum on the FDASIA report. Federal officials, at the end, said they got from the meeting exactly what they were hoping to get: feedback.
- The mobile health and health IT markets are going to mutate beyond our wildest dreams — and soon. Trying to make and keep fresh policy around this is kind of like trying to keep lettuce from wilting in the sun. But what choice do we have? We have to try.
- Lots of people think voluntary safety instances should be gathered and reported, much like the said it’s done in the aviation industry. A couple of problems with that. Trying to figure out near-miss safety instances when it comes to health IT is tricky, because there is the human factor involved every time. Who or what was really responsible for the error? The people, or the IT? But learning about near misses and fixing the problems early — even in the development stage — is a whole lot better than finding out about something after people have been hurt.
- EHR and app developers might want to reveal mistakes in their systems that have caused harm, or have nearly caused harm, but it will probably be a cold day in heck before their lawyers will agree to that.