Siemens summit focuses on improving patient safety with healthcare IT

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Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. this week held a summit promoting patient safety at its headquarters in Malvern, Pa.

Nearly 20 leading healthcare institutions from across the nation convened to discuss computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other advances in healthcare information technology (IT) to improve patient safety.

Attendees discussed the top challenges they are facing or have overcome, including getting physicians to adopt CPOE, measuring success, and managing process changes among pharmacy, nursing, and clinical and IT departments.

Participants included representatives from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, University of California at San Diego Medical Center, and University of Texas Medical Branch.