Patient care research firm ECRI Institute has published its sixth annual list of the Top 10 health care technology hazards.

Three of the hazards have a direct link to information technology with several others closely related. “The inherent complexity of HIT-related medical technologies, their potential to introduce new failure modes, and the possibility that such failures will affect many patients before being noticed--combined with federal incentives to meet Meaningful Use requirements--leads us to encourage health care facilities to pay particular attention to health I.T. when prioritizing their safety initiatives for 2013,” says James Keller, Jr., vice president of health technology evaluation and safety at ECRI.

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