NYGH introduces electronic ordering,
TORONTO – Patient
safety at North York General Hospital has received a major boost from
the launch of technology that’s expected to reduce medication errors and
provide clinical staff with the latest evidence-based information.
Dubbed ‘eCare’, the initiative leaves behind manual systems that are
vulnerable to errors and summarizes mountains of medical literature for
healthcare providers, all to benefit patients.
The new system includes barcode scanning to uniquely identify each
medication and each patient. This will reduce the risk for medication
errors by alerting healthcare providers if they are about to make an
error when administering a medication.
“A significant proportion of preventable errors involve medications
prescribed and administered using traditional, manual systems,” says Dr.
Jeremy Theal, Director of Medical Informatics and a gastroenterologist
at North York General Hospital. “By integrating the latest medical
literature and implementing barcode scanning with electronic orders, we
are raising the bar on patient care and preventing errors to
significantly improve patient safety.”
With this new technology, the hospital becomes the first in Ontario to
achieve HIMSS Stage 5. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems
Society (HIMSS) is a US-based advocacy group that developed a
seven-level system to indicate how hospitals rate in adopting electronic
A key feature of ‘eCare’ is the computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
which allows physicians to enter their orders electronically instead of
on paper, reducing the possibility for misinterpretation and increasing
information-sharing among healthcare providers.
The CPOE solution, provided in partnership with Cerner Corporation,
incorporates the latest medical knowledge into the clinicians’ workflow,
including clinical decision support and a library of over 300
evidence-based order sets developed in collaboration with Zynx Health.
According to the partners, North York General Hospital is the first
hospital in Canada to implement an electronic order entry system that
integrates regularly-updated evidence from the medical literature into
the doctor’s decision-making process.
“This hospital-driven initiative is the result of outstanding teamwork
involving informatics personnel, nurses, pharmacists, physicians,
dietitians, physiotherapists and more,” says Dr. Tim Rutledge, Interim
President and CEO at North York General Hospital. “The tremendous
efforts of all involved will ultimately benefit our patients. eCare is a
significant step forward in patient safety, quality of care and
achieving a paperless medical record.”
“We congratulate North York General Hospital for being the first
hospital in Canada to offer evidence-based clinical decision support as
integrated into their hospital electronic health record system,” says
Kimberly Denney, Vice President of International at Zynx Health. “As
their partner in bringing the evidence to the bedside, we will support
North York General as they continue to show improvements in clinical
outcomes and enhance overall quality of patient care.”
Introducing ‘eCare’ has been possible through the support of many
dedicated partners including Cerner, Zynx Health, Dell, IBM, Motorola
Posted December 2, 2010