Expert Panel Discussion on The Road to CPOE
The monthly discussions held by the network informatics committee have proven useful. Weâ€™ve established a CPOE subcommittee and a site-specific CPOE group that consists of local physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, nursing, and IT. We have also found champions in each OB area that will lead the effort. There is not one strategy but several strategies that will make us successful.
We have focused on using all available means to communicate with physicians. This includes the physician portal, e-mail, newsletters, posters, mailings, and communication through our physician liaisons. In addition, as a teaching hospital, we are utilizing grand rounds, departmental and service line attending physician meetings, physician senior leadership, the Medical Executive Council, and medical staff biannual meetings to communicate about CPOE.
Our most successful strategy for communicating with physicians regarding CPOE was to identify and recruit a small group of physicians who were interested in the subject and who could act as a communications pathway to all other physicians. Our experience supports the idea that information regarding CPOE and its implications to clinical workflow is best shared by a peer physician.
Union Hospital has a Physician Informatics Committee that meets every other month, and we also hold a physicians informatics open forum meeting every other month. This allows us to communicate and hear concerns and issues related to physician use of the hospital information system. Weâ€™ve also presented at the board of trustees monthly meeting and the medical executive monthly meeting.