Baycrest among first nursing homes to use CPOE
TORONTO – Baycrest Centre will soon become the first
nursing home in Canada, and one of the few internationally, to use
Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) for the approximately 800
seniors it cares for in its hospital and nursing home.
Baycrest Centre is an internationally renowned academic health sciences
centre that is affiliated with the University of Toronto. It focuses on
care for older adults.
Computerized physician order entry with clinical decision support is
expected to provide an opportunity to reduce inappropriate prescribing
in both the nursing home and community settings. CPOE has been
successful in improving prescribing decisions in the acute care setting.
Meditech is supplying the CPOE system at the Baycrest Centre. It
involves an investment of under $500,000, including salaries and
software development, Baycrest officials said. The cost does not include
hardware – a wireless network is a separate project with its own budget.
The CPOE features clinical decision support, and will automatically
check for adverse drug interactions. It has built-in rules and warnings
created by Baycrest, as well as warnings from a First Databank system.
The rollout of the CPOE at Baycrest's hospital and home for the aged is
75 percent complete. Full completion is expected by the fall.