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New Leapfrog Report: A Call to Action on Improving the Safety of Computerized Prescribing Systems
Date:6/30/2010

tance to hospitals, they must require more than just adoption and implementation.  The government must insist that hospitals and IT companies do continuous monitoring and improvement.  "

The CPOE evaluation tool used by the hospitals is the only one of its kind available today.  The 214 hospitals that used it are voluntary participants to The Leapfrog Hospital Survey, a national patient safety survey that measures and publicly reports on how well patients fare, resources used to care for patients, and management practices that promote safety.   The hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey are considered among the most advanced in the country in their use of information systems.

"And it's time for the field to put collaboration ahead of competition and end the proprietary protection of best practices in adopting CPOE and other advances," stated Keith Reissaus.  Reissaus chairs a board committee formed to address the troubling results of the CPOE test.  He said the barriers to transparency should come down quickly in the interest of improving care for all patients and transforming the way hospitals operate.

"When CPOE is implemented the right way and hospitals and vendors follow up to monitor and improve it, the result is what every patient hopes for when their life is at stake: the perfect harmony of caregiver and technology working for them," Ms. Binder said.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordabil
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