"Medication Safety Tools 2003: Evaluation of Vendor Offerings for Computerized Physician Order Entry and Medication Administration


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What is it? 

  • a comprehensive 90 page report that evaluates the top vendors of clinical information systems that enhance inpatient  Medication Safety. This is the third annual edition of the report.

  • for more details, check out the Table of Contents

What's included? 

  • definitions and explanations of specific functional criteria  for Computerized Physician Order Entry and Medication Administration

  • evaluations of products from Bridge Medical, Cerner, Eclipsys, Epic, IDX, McKesson, Meditech, Per-Se, PyxisVeri5, Siemens, and PyxisVisualMED 

  • templates for providers to use in system selection

  • suggestions for strategic planning and vendor selection

How to use it?

  • read and discuss to get savvy quickly

  • use definitions to guide prioritization of needs

  • use evaluations to ask the right questions

  • use evaluations to guide vendor selections

How much does it cost?

  • Healthcare providers pay $299 to receive an electronic copy which may be used throughout their organization.

  • Sales are being handled through the HIMSS Solutions-Toolkit website. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the primary professional organization for health care information systems experts and has 13,000 members.


Is it any good?

  • "authoritative, comprehensive, and a significant benefit to our process of reviewing commercially available CPOE systems"  William Bria, M.D., Ann Arbor, MI    President, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems

  • Medication Safety Tools 2002 was recommended by The Advisory Board in their report  "Computerized Physician Order Entry: Lessons from Pioneering Institutions" (p. 69), Inside Healthcare Computing, which focuses on the vendor horse race, and  Health Data Management, which noted "The 89-page report also offers a tutorial of what order entry and medication administration systems are, and how a highly functional system with proper implementation can improve the quality of care." 


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