Hallmark Health Implements Program To Reduce Medical Errors

CPOE is one of the technologies associated with Hallmark Health’s Safe Medication Administration and Recording through Technology (SMART) project. By doing away with illegible orders and providing important checks at the time of ordering, Hallmark Health is improving safety and quality of patient care in the area of medication administration.

“Medication errors are a significantly high proportion of medical errors and studies have show that many are preventable,” said Daniel Witkowski, MD. “CPOE is the single most powerful invention to date for improving medication safety.”

Clinicians throughout Hallmark Health have received training on CPOE and are using the new software at both hospitals. A multi-disciplinary staff, including the Information Systems staff, is offering training, encouragement, assistance and solutions as this new technology is deployed to improve patient safety.

For information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

 

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