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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY LAUNCHES COMPUTERIZED PHYSICIAN ORDER ENTRY, JOINING ELITE GROUP OF HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE
February 01, 2007

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) announces the latest enhancement to the hospital's computerized clinical documentation system - computerized physician order entry (CPOE).  This advancement comes less than one year after the Institute of Medicine released a report calling for all prescriptions to be written electronically by 2010 to improve patient safety. 

 

CPOE allows physicians and nurse practitioners to enter patient prescriptions and other orders directly into computers linked to error prevention software rather than by hand, reducing the risk of transcription errors and other mistakes.  Prescriptions are immediately checked for drug crossover interactions and allergies. Dose range checking is another safeguard that automatically checks, based on a patient's age, weight and gender, every order to ensure safe, effective dosages.  CHOC has been meticulous in putting numerous safeguards in place to ensure the highest levels of quality and safety.

 

Based on results of the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, the only national rating system that provides a full assessment of a hospital's quality and safety, only seven percent of the responding hospitals have implemented CPOE.  Numerous studies have shown that CPOE systems can be remarkably effective in reducing the rate of serious medication errors.  A study led by Dr. David Bates, chief of general medicine at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, demonstrated that CPOE reduced error rates by 55 percent.  Rates of serious medication errors fell by 88 percent in a subsequent study by the same group.

 

"CHOC has always been committed to ensuring the highest levels of quality and safety for our young patients.  Now, with the implementation of CPOE, we are truly helping to revolutionize the way we deliver care, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of the children and families we serve," says Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Dana Bledsoe.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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