Press ReleaseDate: 01-28-13
Name: Tiffany L. Smith Phone: 973-972-1025
UMDNJ-University Hospital Launches EPIC CPOM
(NEWARK, NJ) — University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-University Hospital launched Computerized Provider Order Management (CPOM) on January 27. It is a new and revolutionary part of the hospital's electronic medical records system that will allow physicians and other providers to enter medical orders by computer rather than on paper.
"Our implementation of CPOM is a significant investment in our facility, and one that will allow us to provide patient care with greater accuracy and quality," said James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO (Interim), UMDNJ-The University Hospital. "More important, CPOM is simply the right thing to do and furthers our commitment to patient safety."
CPOM will enable UMDNJ-University Hospital to enhance patient safety, efficiency and communications through state-of-the-art electronic access, according to Suzanne H. Atkin, MD, FACEP, FACP, Chief Medical Officer for UMDNJ-University Hospital, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Atkin, along with Michael A. Curi, MD, MPA, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, and the CPOM physician champion, led the hospital's physician steering committee for CPOM. The committee worked tirelessly with the nurses, pharmacists and the entire hospital community over the past year to build order sets, organize training sessions and develop policies to prepare for the CPOM launch.
This preparation was tested during a dress rehearsal on January 16. During the dress rehearsal, CPOM Superusers, hospital staff members who were trained to teach others how to use CPOM, practiced a number of typical patient scenarios throughout the hospital.
The advantages of CPOM include:
- Improved patient safety, efficiency and communication
- Elimination of the need to read difficult handwriting
- Remote access to medical orders
- Several providers, including nurses and therapists, can view the status of medical orders at the same time.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey’s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending three medical schools, the State’s only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey’s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the State.
UMDNJ-University Hospital is one of the United States' premier university medical centers and the principal teaching hospital for University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Located in the Central Ward of Newark, the hospital offers the highest quality of care across many medical specialties.