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Mainline Oncology Hematology Associates, a leading oncology practice in Pennsylvania, selects MedSym Solutions and its integrated EHR/PM software suite

July 23, 2013, Birmingham, AL —MedSym Solutions is pleased to announce that Mainline Oncology Hematology Associates, a four physician oncology practice with two locations in… More

To meet the expanding number of practices looking for contemporary software solutions for their practice, MedSym continues to work with practices on EHR and PM software conversions.

In an atmosphere where the failure rates of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems are increasing, EHR and PM software conversions are… More

NCOMS Meeting – Exhibiting

Title: NCOMS Meeting – ExhibitingLocation: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort at Wrightsville Beach, North CarolinaDescription: MedSym Solutions will be exhibiting at the Spring meeting of the… More

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Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) System

The best available evidence indicates that although a sizeable percentage of Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) in hospitals and outpatient settings are preventable, relatively few medical errors are detected using today’s common but relatively ineffective paper-based detection methods.

It’s estimated that between 30% and 60% of cancer patients receive some form of chemotherapy. Systemic treatment (chemotherapy) is complex to manage and has a narrow therapeutic range: if the dosage is too low the patient will not get the benefits of the treatment; if the dosage is too high it may be toxic and potentially fatal. Yet despite this complexity in cancer care, chemotherapy and other systemic therapies are largely managed by paper-based systems.

MedSym is in the forefront of using electronic technologies to reduce the likelihood of prescribing errors through the development a CPOE system specific to medical oncology and hematology.

Working in conjunction with clinicians, MedSym developed a CPOE system unique to the cancer setting, called MedSymEHR CPOE. This CPOE system for oncology eliminates the scenario where a harmful drug error can occur because of incorrect reading of handwriting or incorrect calculation of dosage.

MedSymEHR: Oncology provides physicians with a menu of medication protocols from regimens that are specifically created by physicians, pharmacists and nurses: complete with default doses and a range of potential doses for each medication. It also ensures that all drug orders are legible and can display patient-specific, relevant laboratory results on the screen at the time of ordering. It can also check for drug-allergy contradictions and drug-drug interactions. MedSymEHR: Oncology also flags drug allergies, drug-drug interactions, or drug-disease interactions when medications are ordered, thus assisting clinicians in making the most appropriate clinical decisions at the point of care.

Impressive cost savings have been demonstrated when a CPOE intervention is used in conjunction with such clinical decision support systems as:

  • Using the less expensive medication within a class of drugs, or using a lower dose or a lower frequency, when such suggestions are supported by oncology based medical literature
  • Using appropriate laboratory tests
  • Encouraging patients’ placement on critical pathways or science-based treatment guidelines

The MedSym Oncology Management System system provides a solution for the four distinct stages of the drug ordering-delivery system:

  • Physician ordering
  • Authorization and verification
  • Pharmacy dispensing and delivery
  • Nurse administration to the patient
MedSym Benefits by Care Provider Group
Physicians Pharmacists Nurses Patients
Proven adoption (system is fast and easy to use) Provides standardized, innovative therapy regimens Electronic Medication Administration Record allows for real time charting of patient information Reduces order-to-patient time
Eliminates/reduces common medication errors Ensures orders are received in real time Provides interactive alerts for clinician decision support Reduces adverse events
Provides clinical decision support at the point of care Provides automated review and real-time approval Flexible to suit nurses’ unique workflow requirements Patients receive the right drug, right dose, right route at the right time