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April 2011
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CareLink CPOE Project a Success!

All five phases of formal training for computerized provider order entry (CPOE) came to a close in mid-March. Since November 2010, over 800 physicians and mid-level providers have been trained to use the system.

“Thank you to all who participated in CPOE training,” says John McGillen, MD, medical director. “We appreciate the tremendous cooperation we received from the medical staff. We realize this change was a challenge for many and we are grateful to those who stepped up to the plate.”

Even though formal training has come to an end, training continues for physicians new to the NCH medical staff, as well as for those who need to brush up on their skills. “We’re offering additional training for those doctors who may need a refresher course,” explains Dr. McGillen. “This is especially true for those who round at NCH infrequently and those who are still struggling with the system. We want to help you become comfortable with CPOE.”

As the medical staff becomes more experienced, direct order entry will begin to be evaluated by the medical executive committee to ensure that physicians are consistently entering their own orders into the system. “While our nurses and unit secretaries are available if you need a pointer or two, they should not be entering your orders,” stresses Dr. McGillen. “By using CPOE, there’s a reduction in potential errors because orders are delivered directly to the source – speeding the process – and it eliminates the need to decipher handwriting. As doctors, it’s our responsibility to actively use the system.”

Need to brush up on your CPOE skills? Contact Physician Outreach at 847.618.5280. Other questions or concerns? Contact John McGillen at or 847.618.4384.

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