A national membership group has formed for "patient safety officers," led by former University of Pennsylvania Health System quality officer David Shulkin, M.D. The not-for-profit Patient Safety Officer Society, Philadelphia, will offer free membership to people officially appointed by their institution as patient safety officer. Bridge Medical, Solana Beach, Calif., an information technology firm involved in bar coding, is subsidizing the association's costs with a small grant. So far, 200 patient safety officers from 30 states and five countries have joined the group, Shulkin said. Meanwhile, Rhode Island this week launched an institute for healthcare quality, made up of providers, business leaders, insurance companies and government. Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse initiated the institute when he reviewed the proposed merger of five-hospital Lifespan Corp. and three-hospital Care New England Health System. The systems later withdrew their merger application, complaining of too many state-imposed restrictions, but they continued to work with Whitehouse on the institute.
Two new healthcare quality organizations form
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