|Title||Spreadsheets in clinical medicine - A public health warning|
|Authors||Grenville J. Croll & Ray Butler|
There is overwhelming evidence that the continued and widespread use of untested spreadsheets in business gives rise to regular, significant and unexpected financial losses.
Whilst this is worrying, it is perhaps a relatively minor concern compared with the risks arising from the use of poorly constructed and/or untested spreadsheets in medicine, a practice that is already occurring.
This article is intended as a warning that the use of poorly constructed and/or untested spreadsheets in clinical medicine cannot be tolerated.
It supports this warning by reporting on potentially serious weaknesses found while testing a limited number of publicly available clinical spreadsheets.
Our knowledge of the clinical domain was not sufficient to determine whether any material clinical errors were present.
However, we noted a very alarming incidence of poor / high risk practice in the spreadsheet modelling performed: