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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Health care information technology vendors' "hold harmless" clause: implications for patients and clinicians.

Koppel R, Kreda D. JAMA. 2009;301:1276-8.

This commentary examines the current health care information technology (IT) policy that removes liability from health IT vendors when patients are harmed due to health IT failure (for example, if a computerized provider order entry system suggests an incorrect medication dose). It explores the legal basis for the current policy, and suggests a rebalance of responsibility between the vendors and health professionals.