Modern Physician is pleased to have four physician executives writing for us about their experiences with the implementation of computerized physician order entry systems and healthcare information technology.
We are particularly proud to have a case study by Michael Langberg, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and CMO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, on the "big bang" rollout of the center's charge capture and CPOE system, called PCX.
Langberg had already written and filed his case study before physician resistance forced Cedars-Sinai on Jan. 23 to halt the rollout of CPOE after it was deployed through more than half the hospital. Langberg rewrote the article, adding a frank assessment of what went wrong and how Cedars-Sinai plans to move forward.
Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., medical director of information systems at the Northwestern Memorial Physicians group in Chicago and a member of the Modern Physician editorial board, has written a column on the tasks and expectations of physicians assuming leadership roles in clinical IT.
Blackford Middleton, M.D., chairman of the Center for Information Technology Leadership chartered by Partners Healthcare in Boston, has written a candid account of a prescription error involving one of his own patients. He makes a compelling case that CPOE will help improve patient safety and increase physician peace of mind when it is widely deployed on an outpatient basis.
Finally, Steven Safyer, M.D., senior vice president and CMO at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, N.Y., has written a case study about Montefiore's three-year rollout of a clinical information system that includes CPOE.