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  • December 21 2010

    CPOE Success: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

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    CPOE requirements can be a hurdle for hospitals to overcome as they move towards Stage 1 Meaningful Use qualifications. However, data from a new study shows CPOE provides measureable benefit when it comes to saving lives.

    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH), a non-profit, 312-bed facility, implemented its CPOE system as part of a comprehensive IT rollout in 2007. A recent study conducted by Stanford University focusing on the hospital's CPOE system found that a “significant decrease in hospital-wide ¬mortality rates can be associated with implementing a CPOE system.” Specifically, LCPH saw a 20% decrease in mortality rates over an 18-month period since the system was implemented in 2007. That equates to 36 fewer deaths.

    The study results were reported in a recent article in Health Leaders. In the article, Eric Widen, MHA, administrative director of performance improvement at LPCH, says, “[The study] lends information to the current debate about why you should implement these systems. These systems are very expensive to implement. That level of investment is now justified by understanding that you can have a very significant impact on quality, and that includes mortality rates."

    LPCH is currently at about 97% CPOE with plans to reach 100% soon.
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