Avoiding a patient’s lawsuit could hinge on device interoperability

Sara Jackson | Fierce Mobile | August 31, 2011

Hospital CIOs and physicians I've talked with are clearly thinking about how the new 24/7 availability of this information on mobile devices (rather than via a desktop PC) increases a physician's liability.

One important question that may be getting missed in the melee, though, is how interoperability may be a critical part of the liability equation. That is, if a physician can't exchange information with colleagues or experts on a patient's case--if his smartphone can't accept certain test results, or his tablet can't access data from another physician's system--does that make him more liable for mistakes made in that patient's care? ...