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Patient order sets to be used at Espanola hospital this year
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:37:21 EDT AM
In an effort to help create a common IT system/solution for e-health in northeastern Ontario, the North East LHIN recently made one-time funding available to all 25 hospitals in the northeast to help implement patient order sets (POS) at each site. Prior to this offer, only 11 hospitals in the northeast used POS. As a result of this initiative, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre (ERHHC) has opted to implement POS starting in 2013.
“We are grateful for the LHIN’s support in this initiative as it will provide us with an evidence-based system that will go a long way in helping enhance the delivery of patient care in Espanola and area,” noted Ray Hunt, CEO of ERHHC during the past board meeting.
POS is a solution used by more than 245 health care organizations across Canada. Many of the 149 hospitals in Ontario already use POS.
They are detailed and sophisticated, evidence-based checklists that allow doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to quickly and easily specify appropriate treatments for hundreds of medical conditions in all parts of a health care organization.
Hunt explained there is a growing body of literature demonstrating that health care organizations that implement order sets: significantly improve patient safety and quality of care; save physicians valuable time by freeing them from having to memorize and hand-write repetitive orders for all the combinations of appropriate medications, tests and treatment options; improve and streamline work processes for nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians; dramatically reduce health care costs (one hospital study demonstrated one day reduction in length of patient stay and 50% reduction in re-admissions).
POS also features an advanced web-enabled content platform, which includes a reference library of hundreds of evidence-based order sets that can easily be customized by health care organizations. Libraries of clients’ customized order sets can then be shared (uploaded) so that health care organizations can learn from each other.
There are also libraries of order sets applicable to complex continuing care, long-term care, home care, mental health, ambulatory care and primary care can also be deployed (for an additional licence fee).
Starting in 2013, Accreditation Canada (AC) will make POS a required organizational practice (ROP). AC defines a ROP as an essential practice that organizations must have in place to enhance patient/client safety and minimize risk.
In the accreditation program, ROPs are vital components of patient safety and quality improvement. ROPs are reviewed annually and updated as required. New ROPs are developed as recommended by expert advisory committees and field-specific consultation. Before being released to the field, each ROP is subject to extensive testing and feedback from clients, surveyors and other stakeholders such as governments and content experts.
“ERHHC’s current three-year accreditation expires in June 2014. Having POS in place by that time will help our hospital in achieving accreditation.”