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National Computerized Physician Order Entry Expert Speaks at UK

By Tammy J. Gay

Zed Day, associate vice president for information technology at UK Chandler Medical Center, left, and Carol Steltenkamp, M.D., right, associate chief of staff, assistant dean for clinical affairs, University of Kentucky College of Medicine spoke with David Bates, M.D., chief of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of General Medicine and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

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"We are privileged to have someone as noted as Dr. Bates come to the University of Kentucky to talk to our faculty and staff. At UK, we are in the midst of implementing our system for a computer-based patient record which will enhance patient safety and quality of care."

-- Carol Steltenkamp, M.D., associate chief of staff, assistant dean for clinical affairs, UK College of Medicine

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Sept. 17, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- David Bates, M.D., chief of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of General Medicine and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, spoke today with University of Kentucky faculty and staff members about the benefits of computerized physician order entry to clinicians and their patients. Trained as a clinical epidemiologist, Bates' main interest has been the use of computer systems to improve patient care.

"We are privileged to have someone as noted as Dr. Bates come to the University of Kentucky to talk to our faculty and staff," said Carol Steltenkamp, M.D., associate chief of staff, assistant dean for clinical affairs, UK College of Medicine. "At UK, we are in the midst of implementing our system for a computer-based patient record which will enhance patient safety and quality of care."

Since 2000, the UK Chandler Medical Center has been implementing the new Eclipsys, Sunrise Clinical Manager. This new computer system will be the foundation for a computer-based patient record, enabling clinicians and staff to do their jobs better and faster.

The mission of UK's Integrated Clinical Information System is to successfully implement an integrated clinical information system as a tool to facilitate business process redesign, maximize benefit realization and support high quality patient care in a fiscally sound manner throughout the UK Chandler Medical Center.

Bates is a well respected, nationally known expert in the use of Computerized Physician Order Entry systems to reduce adverse medical events and improve patient care. Bates has a large and active research group looking at the use of computer systems to improve patient care.


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