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How Virginia Mason plans to implement, optimize CPOE

June 17th, 2014

by Dan Bowman, FierceHealthIT physician order entry (CPOE) can potentially help providers avert medication errors and limit the use of valuable resources. For instance, Stanford Hospital & Clinic reported last year that use of a CPOE alert system within its electronic health record helped providers significantly cut back on the use of blood products between 2009 and 2012.

What's more, researchers from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found last spring that displaying the cost of a test via CPOE prompted a 9 percent reduction in the number of tests ordered.

To that end, Arthur James Bender (pictured), M.D., medical director of health information at Virginia Mason Medical Center, believes that ongoing CPOE implementation efforts at his Seattle-based hospital can lead to improvements for both patients and providers, he told FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview. He also talked about ownership of the project, as well as the importance of facility-wide involvement.

Click here to read the full interview with Bender, who will participate in FierceHealthIT's June 25 free webinar "Boosting physician adoption of CPOE to maximize its benefits."


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