Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, the chronic care hospital of Hebrew SeniorLife located in Roslindale, Mass., this week announced the beginning of tests on a new computerized provider order entry (CPOE) software designed by Medical Information Technology Inc. (MEDITECH). The tests follow six months of preparation and will allow physicians to order medication and therapies electronically.
MEDITECH's CPOE software is a special component of the company's integrated Health Care Information System that was put in place at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center more than four years ago. The eventual goal of the organization is to move to a full electronic medical record (EMR).
This implementation is expected to change the nursing unit workflow in a number of ways, including:
- Nurses will note all orders online, improving workflow and communications between the clinical and physician staff. Procedures are currently being developed that will standardize operations throughout the entire facility;
- The automation streamlines the physician's ordering process and provides the flexibility to pull commonly ordered information together that can be quickly viewed and authorized rather than having to repeatedly recreate standard sets of orders; and
- The CPOE has a component that will aid utilization reporting.
- Hebrew SeniorLife is comprised of a seven-site network of senior housing and health care serving 3,000 seniors in the Greater Boston Area. The organization is the only chronic care hospital in Massachusetts to implement this particular CPOE program.