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Liability issues not seen as roadblock to healthcare technology advancements

Madison, Wis. The increased use of clinical technologies in healthcare does not absolve physicians and other healthcare workers of liability for care decisions, particularly when technology vendors include strong sales contract disclaimers.

But as clinical healthcare technology developers market their products more directly to consumers, they will assume more liability for use of ......

Full article >>> t use of information technologies on healthcare decision-making is akin to using textbooks. Both are tools that the healthcare worker gleans information from; the tools are not the final decision-makers. "If the technology product says `this is the thing to do,' and it's not the right thing to do, the doctor needs the knowledge to know the recommended course of action is wrong," he added.

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Full article >>> arket forces and government regulations, Stettner noted. The threat of tort liability holds product developers to a high standard, but the threat can't be so high that new, innovative products will never be developed, be said.

In the meantime, product vendors are protecting themselves from liability via sales and licensing contracts some of which "are so favorable to the vendor that they......

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Source:wistechnology.com By David Niles 06/15/05


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