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Summa Health System Implements Technology To Enhance Patient Safety

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Patient Safety Enhancement

Summa Health System patients are benefiting from new technology that improves both patient safety and efficiency of care.

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Computerized Physician Order Entry, or CPOE, enables physicians and nurses to order diagnostic tests, medications, patient care orders, referrals, X-rays and electronic signatures from computers in the hospital as well as in their offices.

To date, Summa Health System has implemented CPOE on the inpatient units at two of its hospitals, Akron City Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital. Only five percent of hospitals throughout the United States use CPOE, and Summa Health System Hospitals are the only hospitals in Akron to completely implement CPOE.

CPOE has clinical decision support capabilities which allow physicians access to information regarding any drug allergies their patient may have as well as drug-to-drug interactions and alternatives.