Information technology personnel are underrepresented on healthcare organizations' patient-safety committees, according to a survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago. Of the 247 executives and managers who responded to the survey, 89% reported having in place a formal patient-safety committee. However, only 41% said representatives of the IT department sit on the committee, while 97% said physicians or nurses participate. The survey was sponsored by the information solutions division of McKesson Corp., San Francisco. While industry leaders acknowledge the value of using IT to improve quality, they aren't acting fast, according to the survey. Some 80% of respondents said bar-coding technology can improve patient safety, but only 19% reported using bar codes to help accurately administer medications. -- by Jeff Tieman
Patient-safety committees lack IT representatives
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