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Shining a Glaring Light on Surgery: Technology that Records Every Move Aims to Improve Safety

The Boston Globe

This article focuses on the use of aviation's black box technology in the operating room. The writer outlines the concerns around privacy and use in malpractice cases, and also explains how it works and its potential positive impact on health care quality for patients and staff. Commentary from IHI's VP of Safety Jeff Salvon-Harman is used to underscore the benefits of this technology and to flag some conditions for success – such as the need to emulate aviation’s use of black box technology for improvement, not punishment, and for health care professionals to feel comfortable sharing visibility into their craft. 

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