|Vol. 16, No. 3
Scoliosis Patient Stands Taller after Complex Surgeries
Winthrop Specialists Named to Top Doctors List
Renovation Project Extended Thanks to Senator Balboni
Winthrop Opens Beautifully Expanded Admitting Office
ER & Cardiac Team's Exceptional Response Time Saves Father of Two
Winthrop Plays Major Role in County-Wide Emergency Preparedness Drill
Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics Admitted to Prestigious National Association
Don't let obesity take you from them
Cancer Survivor's Inspiring "Mask of Courage" Evokes Hope
Winthrop Appoints Board of Directors Chairman
Former Winthrop President Passes Away
CyberKnife Restores Mother's Hearing and Preserves Grandfather's Active Lifestyle
Winthrop Introduces Toilet-Training Program
Winthrop First LI Hospital to Pioneer Use of Advanced Physician Order Entry Technology
Citigroup Foundation and Garden City Family Support Cancer Center for Kids
Charlie's Champions Rally in Support of Cancer Center for Kids
Horticultural Therapy Program Branches Out Thanks to Fidelity Investments
West Islip Family Thanks Pediatric Center
Garden City Second Grader Dedicates Birthday to Young Patients
Jets Fans' Contributions Benefit Pediatric Patients
Kids for Care Hosts Dinner Supporting Pediatric ER Patients
Diabetes Education Center Partners with American Idol Celebrity for Important Discussion
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In a milestone event that will have a profound effect on the Long Island health care provider and patient communities, Winthrop has implemented the region's first Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system, setting the gold standard for delivery and management of quality health care to the region.
CPOE enables Winthrop physicians and clinical providers to directly enter patient care orders into the Hospital's clinical databases and review patients' medical information online via a secure private network that ensures patient confidentiality.
Using Siemens Medical Solutions INVISION(R) CPOE, the network leverages the power of health care information technology to support its staff in delivering safe, effective patient care. It is one of the keys to improving process efficiency that drives advanced quality of care and patient safety initiatives.
The effort to implement CPOE has received unwavering support from Winthrop's Board of Directors and administration. According to John F. Collins, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, "Winthrop is proud to take the technological lead on Long Island through our partnership with Siemens. Our CPOE initiative will be quickly followed by the implementation of applications for automated medication administration and multidisciplinary clinical documentation. All of these applications form the foundation to help Winthrop achieve our goal of an electronic medical record system by the end of the decade."
CPOE will have a significant impact on productivity and the level of care that Winthrop delivers to patients. For example, patient safety is enhanced through the system's software as online notifications alert caregivers to potential medication conflicts, allergies, drug-to-drug interactions and duplicate order checking. Additionally, the ability to diagnose and treat patients is expedited; pharmacy, lab test and radiology orders are communicated faster; prescriptions are dispensed promptly and safely; diagnostic testing report turnaround time is shortened, enhancing the timeliness of treatment; and patient wait time is reduced.
The Web-based system uses point-and-click navigation tools--a feature that eases assimilation and adoption of the system by physicians, physician assistants, nursing staff and other providers. Taken together, the system's critical design elements consider the workflow within a busy health care facility, and make it easier for clinicians to make the right decisions at the right time so they can spend more time treating patients and less time tracking down data from multiple sources.
"CPOE is not just about automating order entry," said Janet Dillione, President of the Health Care IT Division at Siemens Medical Solutions. "It is about creating an interactive care approach and providing the tools for improved communication among care providers. Winthrop's use of our solutions is a clear indication of the organization's commitment to raising the bar on health care quality and patient safety in the Long Island region."
Along with CPOE, Winthrop uses Siemens Pharmacy information system and will further enhance its patient safety processes by implementing Siemens Med Administration Check(TM). The fully integrated system will use barcode technology to verify and fully document the five rights of medication administration--drug, dose, route, time and patient--by providing real-time prevention of potential administration errors. With all three systems in place, Winthrop will join an elite group of Siemens customers who have established a complete closed-loop medication process from the physician's initial order all the way to administration at the patient's bedside. With more than one million prescriptions dispensed by Winthrop's pharmacy in 2005 alone, this highly sophisticated system of checks and balances will dramatically enhance patient safety at the Hospital.
"By embracing information technology solutions, such as CPOE and barcode technology for medication administration, we are continuing our commitment to providing world-class health care services to the large population we serve," said Steven Fishbane, MD, Executive Committee Chairman for the implementation of CPOE at Winthrop. "We are pleased to be working with Siemens to become the first not-for-profit hospital on Long Island to put such powerful technologies into action, while also helping to improve our clinical workflow."