A workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee, a federal advisory body, will hear testimony on the safety of health information technology during a public hearing on Feb. 25 in Washington.

Witnesses before the committee's Adoption/Certification Workgroup include Ross Koppel, PhD, principal investigator at the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Koppel co-wrote a commentary published last March in the Journal of the American Medical Association that contended software vendors place provisions in contracts that protect themselves from harm resulting from faulty software while prohibiting customers from publicly disclosing the problems.

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