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DMH Wins First Place in McKesson’s CPOE National Competition


Decatur Memorial Hospital Wins First Place in McKesson’s CPOE National Competition Enhancing Patient Outcomes, Improving Medication Safety Top-performers earn recognition during second annual competition

March 23, 2009...Decatur Memorial Hospital earned first place for improving patient outcomes and reducing variability in the blood transfusion process in McKesson’s second annual computerized physician order entry (CPOE) competition held in late February.

Two other organizations – Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., and WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga. – received recognition as award finalists.

An independent panel of judges selected the winners based on their use of CPOE to solve specific business issues by achieving clinical and financial results. The judges also took into consideration the methodology used to measure results, with the ultimate goal of identifying best practices and replicable models of CPOE success to drive a systems-based approach to quality improvements.

“These hospitals have demonstrated that the adoption and effective use of CPOE and electronic health records can bring measurable benefit to the facility, and more importantly, to the patient,” said Sunny Sanyal, chief operating officer, McKesson Provider Technologies. “Using CPOE technology can not only help caregivers in their efforts to avoid medication errors, it is also an excellent communication tool that connects the clinical team in a more collaborative, evidence-based care process.”

In the CPOE competition, Decatur Memorial Hospital won top honors for using Horizon Expert Orders to help medical staff improve patient outcomes and decrease variability in the blood transfusion process. In addition to educating physicians and staff on the appropriate use of blood, Decatur Memorial Hospital embedded evidence-based content and a comprehensive clinical process within the CPOE system to ensure that transfusions were administered based on appropriate hemoglobin values. Decatur Memorial Hospital realized substantial reductions in blood prescribing habits, from an average of 290 units of blood per month to 245 units over a two-year period-decreasing associated risk to patients. The hospital also improved patient safety and outcomes, enhanced the use of evidence-based practice, and saved up to $270,000 per year in blood-related costs. The use of data analysis tools and clinical alerts for continuous monitoring also played a key role in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s process improvement effort.

A panel of industry experts served as judges for the CPOE metrics competition, using a point scale to evaluate written entries and oral presentations. The judges included:

  • Leah Binder, MA, MGA, chief executive officer, The Leapfrog Group
  • Jason Hess, MBA, general manager of Clinical Research, KLAS Enterprises, LLC
  • Susan Nedza, MD, MBA, FACEP, vice president, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, American Medical Association
  • Rich Rydell, MBA, president, Association of Medical Directors for Information Systems (AMDIS)
  • Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer, Zynx Health

About McKesson
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 18th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson is the longest-operating company in healthcare today, marking its 175th anniversary last year. Over the course of its history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit