First in Patient Safety:
One of the Safest Hospitals in Tennessee
Takoma Regional Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt were the only three hospitals in all of Tennessee to achieve the highest possible Overall Patient Safety Ratings in 3 important areas including "Prevent Medical Errors." In 2010, St. Jude Children's Medical Center joined this elite group of hospitals.
Takoma attributes their patient safety excellence to the implementation of CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) and other quality improvement initiatives. “Successful implementation (of CPOE) has been shown to reduce medication errors by more than 80 percent,” Dr. Dale Sargent, Wellmont Health System’s chief medical officer, said. Takoma is the first hospital in Wellmont Health System and the first private hospital in East TN to implement CPOE.
CPOE helps reduce delays in treatment and provides decision support to the physician directly at the point of care. This means that physicians are able to immediately cross-reference for drug interactions and potential drug allergies, giving them the opportunity to alter their plan of care accordingly. It also eliminates errors in deciphering and copying physicians hand written orders.
Takoma Regional went live with CPOE in May of 2009. Takoma continues to maintain results that are well above the national Leapfrog Group standards for CPOE.