August 31, 2010
CTMC On Cutting Edge With New Advanced Physician-Intergration Technology
SAN MARCOS, TX – Last Tuesday, August 24, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) took a leap forward for patient safety and changed a standard in the medical industry that is more than 100 years old.
CTMC joined the elite ranks of 5% of hospitals in the United States with the launch of Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE). CPOE is the latest phase of electronic medical record (EMR) technology. CTMC is the only hospital system in the region using full-integrated EMR.
“CPOE eliminates hand-written physician/provider orders. The system automatically checks a patient’s medical record and prompts the prescriber about complications and co-existing conditions that may cause an adverse reaction, “ said Dr. Philip Smith, Vice President and Chief Medical Information officer for Adventist Health System.
CPOE saves time and speeds up the administration of medications and other procedures for patients. Because the CPOE process has prescribers directly entering orders on a real-time basis, the care and discharge process for patients is much faster than before.
“Having been involved with 16 CPOE Go Live sites to date, I must admit the team at CTMC has been the best prepared I’ve seen to date,” Dr. Smith said. “The calmness and enthusiasm through the hospital has been refreshing.”
Implementation of CPOE, which began with a series of town hall meetings in April of this year, was accomplished through the combined commitment of leaders at CTMC, Adventist Health, the medical staff, and a dedicated group of specially-trained CTMC associates, known as Super Users.
“We knew CTMC had the ability to make this giant leap, and we knew that CPOE was important to our patient care,” said Gary Jepson, CTMC President/CEO. “We are proud of everyone in the CTMC family and Adventist Health System for their efforts to make CTMC a leader in healthcare technology that furthers our commitment to safer care.”