“To develop, implement and maintain an efficient, reliable and responsive system of computerized provider order entry to enhance patient safety, provide decision support and meet regulatory requirements.”
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) is a process of electronic entry of medical practitioner instructions for the treatment of patients under his or her care. These orders are communicated over a computer network to the medical staff or to the departments (pharmacy, laboratory, or radiology) responsible for fulfilling the order. CPOE decreases delay in order completion, reduces errors related to handwriting or transcription, allows order entry at point-of-care or off-site, provides error-checking for duplicate or incorrect doses or tests, and simplifies inventory and posting of charges.
Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) adopted multiple Cerner applications in 2004 and has been working toward CPOE since. CPOE is scheduled to go live at VVMC in January 2012 and FMC in February 2012. Open Houses and training plans are currently underway.
Dell and NAH are working together to ensure we are ready for CPOE at go live. Areas of focus are infrastructure and system reliability, an effective change process model and ongoing training and support. For more information, see a slide show from Marilynn Black, NAH CIO.