March 2003

Information Systems Group Publishes Book on Patient Safety

The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has published a new book that shares ideas for how health information management systems can contribute to patient safety. "Patient safety is the topic on everyone’s mind right now," said Kathleen Covert Kimmel,director of clinical systems for Catholic Health Initiatives and editor of the book. "Information systems can help clinicians manage more complicated patients and stay informed of emerging evidence-based medicine protocols as they strive to provide safe, effective care." The book, titled Patient Safety, is a compendium of recent patient safety-related articles and white papers presented at HIMSS conferences. "Multiple clinicians and therapists are often involved in the care of a single patient, and paper charts have some limitations that can be remedied using technology," said Kimmel. "Information systems can make a real and valuable impact on clinicians’ ability to access the information they need to make life-saving decisions. Working together, we can create a safer environment for our patients." For more information on the book Patient Safety, visit the HIMSS Web site at