Health Informatics Quality Improvement Programs

Health Informatics

Quality Improvement Programs

One of the major goals of the Division of Health Informatics is to help provide consistently safe and effective healthcare to children through the use of health information technology. To achieve these goals, a variety of activities have been instituted. One activity is leadership walk rounds, during which executive leadership from the Department of Pediatrics and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) meet with staff members on each unit to discuss ways to improve patient safety. The presence of senior leadership reflects the strong commitment placed on quality and safety and allows change to be enacted quickly. Another important activity is the monthly meeting of the Pediatric Medication Safety Task Force. This Task Force, established in 2007, is a multidisciplinary team whose mission is to design and implement solutions to prevent medication errors in children. To date, a number of different information technology and non-information technology interventions have been implemented as a direct result of its work.

Reports from leadership walk rounds and the Pediatric Medication Safety Task Force are presented to the Quality Council. The Quality Council is an interdisciplinary group that meets monthly to discuss and prioritize safety and quality issues. To ensure that similar safety practices and standards are implemented across both children’s hospitals of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), the quality councils from both the Komansky Center for Children’s Health (KCCH) and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (MSCH) report directly to a bi-campus children’s quality committee. The structure of parallel and bicampus committees allows each campus to address important issues internally while encouraging collaboration and ensuring dissemination of ideas at both institutions.



  • Division Office
  • 425 East 61st Street, Suite 301
    New York, NY 10065
    (646) 962-9409
Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP)

Selected Publications

  • Weill Cornell Master's Program in
    Health Informatics Featured in
    U.S. News and World Report
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