Long Island providers roll-out CPOE system

Long Island healthcare provider and patient community Winthrop-University Hospital has implemented the region's first Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system, which it says enables Winthrop physicians and clinical providers to enter patient care orders directly into the Hospital's clinical databases and review patients' medical information online via a secure private network that ensures patient confidentiality. Using Siemens Medical Solutions INVISION CPOE, the network leverages the power of healthcare information technology to support its staff in delivering safe, effective patient care. It is one of the keys to improving process efficiency that drives advanced quality of care and patient safety initiatives. The Web-based system uses point-and-click navigation tools - a feature that eases assimilation and adoption of the system by physicians, physician assistants, nursing staff and other providers.

Winthrop is a busy teaching hospital. As a major tertiary healthcare center that includes a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center, the Hospital offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty for inpatients and outpatients from the newborn through the elderly. In 2005, nearly 35,000 patients were discharged from the Hospital, close to 52,000 visits were logged in the Emergency Department, and over 17,600 surgical procedures took place. The Pathology Department conducted in excess of 3.6 million lab tests, and there were nearly 150,000 radiology exams performed.

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