Journal Article

Improving the utilization of admission order sets in a computerized physician order entry system by integrating modular disease specific order subsets into a general medicine admission order set

Rajika L Munasinghe, Camelia Arsene, Tarun K Abraham, Marwan Zidan and Mohamed Siddique

in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Published on behalf of American Medical Informatics Association

Volume 18, issue 3, pages 322-326
Published in print May 2011 | ISSN: 1067-5027
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1527-974X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2010-000066
Improving the utilization of admission order sets in a computerized physician order entry system by integrating modular disease specific order subsets into a general medicine admission order set

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Abstract

Case description We evaluated the effects of integrating order subsets for the most common medical diagnoses into a general medical admission order set of our electronic medical records (EMR) in order to improve order set integration by clinicians.

Methods of implementation We identified the most common primary and secondary diagnoses for patients admitted to our medical service and developed order subsets comprising only of the orders necessary for the management of these individual diagnoses. Using the capabilities of our computerized physician order entry (CPOE), we nested these order subsets into the general order set and evaluated the resulting change in order set utilization by our clinicians.

Example and observations The total number of order sets used by clinicians in all departments increased fivefold during the 16-month period following the implementation of the integrated order sets in July 2008. A before and after time series was used to analyze the trend in increased order set usage and showed an effect of the intervention (p=0.023).

Discussion Integration of disease specific order subsets into a single general admission order set significantly improved the overall adoption of order sets by clinicians. This provides health care systems with the opportunity to improve patient safety and implement evidence based care in clinical practice.

Keywords: Computerized physician order entry; electronic medical record; standardized order; nested order; usual; CPOE; improving the utilization of admission order sets; machine learning

Journal Article.  3032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology ; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Biomathematics and Statistics

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