Due to the volume of patients and the dedicated staff, the ED can be the key to Meaningful Use attestation - but only with the right solution.
“Adoption is easier in the ED because CPOE helps so much with throughput time. On the inpatient side, inpatient physicians who are not at the hospital all day don’t like to login to the system,” Robert Hitchcock, MD, chief strategy officer at T-System. Read "CPOE's Role is Meaningful".
The now required, consolidated CDA eliminates duplicate documentation by requiring reconciliation of medications, allergies and problem lists. Eliminate costly interfaces as CDAs can be shared regardless of vendor/product and are cheaper and easier than HL7.
As the majority of visits and discharges occur in the ED, using all ED patients can reduce risk in case your inpatient system implementation fails and help you achieve success faster.
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