Clinical Safety Workshop

This workshop provides a set of tools and knowledge that will help healthcare application designers create safer software. Attendees will work through real, practical examples that demonstrate clinical safety issues in application design, and also cover general clinical safety thinking, coding, presentation, data management issues, and the looming regulatory process.

The workshop is for people who make decisions about software design, or manage the software design process – whether their background is clinical, programming, or otherwise.


Any application that handles real healthcare data just has to be safe – but that’s easier said than done. Not only does basic economics work against making software safe, most of the information available is targeted at the clinical users, and often isn’t relevant or useful to application designers. But it’s the designers who make the important choices – and often in a context where they aren’t aware of all the consequences of their actions, and where feedback, if it comes at all, is unreliable and often unusable. Increasingly, governments are looking at draconian legislative attempts to solve this problem, but these will probably make things worse, not better.


“The Clinical Safety Workshop was not what I expected, but so much more. Grahame did not condescend to dictate specific software tricks to write safe software. Rather, he engaged with participants to help them understand for themselves a philosophy and approach to developing safe and effective health software using skills we already know. Suited to senior technical management, architects and code cutters alike.”  Mat Hudson, CEO RadLogix Pty Ltd

Grahame brings together his years of experience in medical software and standards development to address one of the most important issues related to using information and associated machines in the provision of health care and that issue is safety.  The workshop I attended was both academically rigorous and practical. I would not hesitate to recommend it for anyone wanting to work with information and knowledge in health and in my view there is no-one that doesn’t! Michael Legg, Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales

Course Times, Costs & Registration

More Details:

The day is divided into 4 sections, with coffee breaks and lunch:

  • Introduction, Clinical Safety theory, General Considerations
  • Challenges when designing a clinical application
  • London protocol exercise
  • Specific issues: Presentation, Terminologies, Data Aggregation

Note that the workshop is very interactive, with a lot of scope for audience participation, and so the schedule is flexible

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