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Archive: March 21 / Noon ET

Please join us March 21st at noon ET as Dr. Elizabeth Borycki discusses how health information technology can significantly improve healthcare safety when designed, developed, implemented and maintained effectively.  

With the introduction of new technologies, there are opportunities to introduce new types of medical errors (i.e. technology-induced errors).  Technology-induced errors arise from interactions between citizens, patients and health professionals and the technologies they use to provide health information and health care (Borycki & Kushniruk, 2008).   

In this webinar Dr. Elizabeth Borycki, Professor, School of Health Information Science will describe some of methods that are being used internationally to improve the quality and safety of technologies used in health care (e.g. mobile devices) and health information technologies specifically designed for use in health care settings.   This presentation will describe some of the research conducted in Canada and internationally in this field since 2005, in the areas of technology-induced errors and health information technology safety.




Dr. Elizabeth Borycki is a Professor in the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria. She is the Director of the Social Dimensions of Health and the Director of the Health and Society programs in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Elizabeth has worked in health and health informatics roles for over 25 years.  She has published over 180 articles, book chapters and books in the field of health informatics, many of which focus on health information technology safety.  Elizabeth has served as Academic Representative for Canada for Digital Health Canada (formerly Canada's Health Informatics Association) from  2007-2013 and Vice President representing North America on the Board of Directors for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) (2010–2013). She founded the International Medical Informatics Association Working Group focusing on Health Informatics for Patient Safety and was the Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair of Medinfo 2017. Elizabeth returned to the Board of Directors of IMIA in August of 2016 as Vice President – Special Projects.


Borycki, E. M., & Kushniruk, A. W. (2008). Where do Technology-Induced Errors Come From? Towards a Model for Conceptualizing and Diagnosing Errors Caused by Technology. In Human, Social, and Organizational Aspects of Health Information Systems (pp. 148-166). IGI Global.