Title

Case Study: Challenges, Successes and Lessons Learned from Implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) at Two Distinct Health Systems: Implications of CPOE on the Pharmacy and the Medication-Use Process

Publication/Presentation Date

5-2005

Abstract

The purpose of this case study is to provide an understanding of the divergent experiences, challenges, and successes associated with implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) at two distinct health systems utilizing the same software vendor. Pharmacy leaders at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY describe the various strategies deployed for CPOE planning and implementation, the outcomes and impacts of CPOE implementation, and valuable experience. Improvements and efficiencies in the medication management process and time savings will be described. Additionally, reductions in medication prescribing errors and enhancements in medication cost savings secondary to improved medication utilization are delineated. The authors conclude that while the challenges associated with planning and implementing CPOE for medication management and its impact on the pharmacy are great, pharmacist involvement early in the strategic planning is vital to ensure a successful and safer electronic medication management process.

Volume

40

Issue

5

First Page

420

Last Page

429

Disciplines

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department(s)

Department of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Faculty

Document Type

Article

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