AMIA Offers Input on Health IT Safety Considerations

July 11, 2018

In response to an FDA request for input, AMIA developed a preliminary review of relevant research into the specific benefits and risks to health associated with software functions that the 21st Century Cures Act excluded from the definition of medical device. While some health IT applications to healthcare delivery have unambiguously improved patient safety and saved lives, the evidence gathered also suggests that software design, implementation decisions, user training, and maintenance processes can all have a material impact on the safety of health IT.