Fieran Mason-Blakley

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Clinical Information Technology (CIT) literature expresses a wide variety of hazards and unintended consequences which these technologies manifest. Literature review, field study, sample survey and experimental simulation have all been applied in an effort to understand the nature of these hazards, however, systematic hazard analysis techniques of systems(More)
Information and communication technology is rapidly transforming modern health care systems. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) systems have replaced traditional forms of storing, processing, interpreting and exchanging patient health in many health care organizations. However, an increasing number of concerns are raised about the quality of EMR systems and(More)
Jurisdictions in Canada, the US, the EU and Australia are struggling with regulation of ever evolving software in medicine. Recently this discussion has had a focus on electronic medical records (EMRs). There is a mountain of evidence that EMRs have actualized potential to lead to the injury of patients through the information they offer to facilitate care.(More)
The FDA and other national regulatory agencies have expressed their intentions to begin enforcement of medical device regulations on Health Informatics Technology (HIT) vendors. A mechanism which might be employed to achieve this enforcement in the US is the Quality Systems Regulations (QSR), while similar legislation might be employed elsewhere. In order(More)
Many health information and communication technologies (ICT) are safety-critical; moreover, reports of technology-induced adverse events related to them are plentiful in the literature. Despite repeated criticism and calls to action, recent data collected by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other organization do not indicate significant improvements with(More)
Patient misidentification has been identified as a primary cause of electronic medical record (EMR) related patient harm. One potential function at which such errors can occur is the user interface, during patient look-up. In this study we apply a within participant randomized control trial (RCT) simulation to assess the impact of a variety of inexact(More)
Health care is a complex socio-technical domain in which poor communication between system actors can result in significant loss events. Medication prescribing is one such process in which poor communication has led to severe injury or death. This paper presents an extension of a feedback control loop model that permits reasoning about communication from a(More)
At the turn of the millennium the institute of medicine (IOM) discovered that medical error was responsible for the deaths of as many as 98000 Americans each year. In response to this discovery they recommended the implementation of a wide range of Health Information and Communication Technology (HICT) including electronic medical records (EMRs). In spite(More)