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February 2012

Reminder: Paper Orders Removal

Effective February 29, paper order sheets will be removed from bedded patient medical charts. However, order sheets specific to complex orders not available in CareLink, such as parenteral chemotherapy, hyperal and epidural, will remain on the patient’s chart. Outside of these few complex orders, the expectation is for medical staff members and mid-level providers to electronically enter all orders on bedded patients.

Carelink CPOE: Pre-Orders

A new CareLink order entry function called Pre-Orders is coming. Click here for more information.

Transitioning a majority of bedded patients’ orders to an electronic format in one central location will streamline the orders process by delivering orders directly to the source, as well as eliminating the need to decipher handwritten orders – thereby reducing the potential for medication errors and ensuring that the best possible care is delivered to patients.

NCH is committed to helping the medical staff transition to a more complete Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) environment. Therefore, as the paper order removal date nears, physicians are encouraged to work with clinical staff to develop their comfort level and electronic order entry skills. To arrange a refresher training session or a clinical-rounding session with the CPOE expert trainer, please call Physician Outreach at 847.618.5280.

We appreciate your commitment to providing the best possible patient care and assisting NCH in meeting the government’s Meaningful Use requirements.

The Ballad of Go-Live
NCH medical staff members are not the only ones faced with the challenges that arise when implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system. Take it from Robert Schwab, MD, who sings "The Ballad of Go-Live," a wry chronicle of the exasperation and ultimate success of launching an EHR. Dr. Schwab is the chief quality officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009