Hospital Implements Patient CPOE System

Contact: Amy Gilliam

 

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CPOE is a major portion of the electronic medical record. All information entered will be saved. For instance, data stored on an infant born today will be available for his or her lifetime at UK. If they become ill and hospitalized, new orders and test results also will be stored. All information on these visits will be accessible electronically by physicians at any facility at UK. No information is purged as CPOE becomes the foundation for a lifetime repository for patients who are cared for at UK. CPOE is slated to be implemented throughout the entire hospital by June 2005.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2004) -- University of Kentucky Hospital has activated a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system that allows physicians to direct patient care electronically from the patient’s bedside. Currently, the CPOE system, created by Eclipsys Corporation®, has been deployed on UK’s Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics and Gynecology units, eighth floor Surgical Unit, Neurosurgery Intensive Care unit, and 22 ancillary service departments.

CPOE allows physicians the ability to electronically enter patient orders and view patient care results. Traditionally, clerks spend approximately two hours daily entering physician orders. With CPOE, the physician enters new orders which are sent immediately to other caregivers. This creates legible orders which speeds delivery of medications and improves turnaround times for test results. With immediate, real-time access, the physician is alerted to information critical to the patient, such as possible drug allergies and drug interactions.

“Converting from the traditional paper ordering process to computerized order entry is a challenging, complex process, but is worth the effort to improve the quality and safety of patient care,” said Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, associate chief of staff, UK Hospital, and assistant dean for clinical affairs, UK College of Medicine.

Patient safety advocates such as the Institute of Medicine and The Leapfrog Group promote the use of CPOE systems to improve patient safety, decrease practice variation, and provide real-time patient information to enhance patient care delivery.

According to a study conducted in 2003 by the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, less than 10 percent of hospitals in the United States make CPOE systems completely available to physicians.

“We are proud to be part of an institution that has committed the many resources required to make this happen,” said Victoria Bradley, patient information director, UK Hospital. “Our goal is to provide the right information to the right persons at the right time to deliver efficient and effective care.”

CPOE is a major portion of the electronic medical record. All information entered will be saved. For instance, data stored on an infant born today will be available for his or her lifetime at UK. If they become ill and hospitalized, new orders and test results also will be stored. All information on these visits will be accessible electronically by physicians at any facility at UK. No information is purged as CPOE becomes the foundation for a lifetime repository for patients who are cared for at UK. CPOE is slated to be implemented throughout the entire hospital by June 2005.

“Possibilities for the electronic medical record are endless,” said Zed Day, associate vice president for information technology at UK, and associate hospital director and chief information officer, UK Chandler Medical Center. “It will significantly improve our ability to provide quality, cost-effective care when we can share health information between facilities.”

Building these computerized systems will allow health care facilities across the nation to share patients’ medical records so that the patient’s history is comprehensive, no matter the number of health care facilities that individual has visited during his or her lifetime.

The system currently in use at UK Hospital is compliant with federal patient privacy regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The computerized system tracks each instance a patient’s medical record is accessed and the identity of the individual accessing the information. There are various levels of security clearance for individuals working with the medical record and security audits are conducted.

Eclipsys Corporation, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is a leading provider of advanced clinical, financial and management information software and service solutions to more than 1,500 health care facilities. Eclipsys empowers health care organizations to improve patient safety, revenue cycle management, and operational efficiency through innovative information solutions. For more information, visit www.eclipsys.com or e-mail info@eclipsys.com.


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