University of California-San Francisco Medical Center To Launch Upgrade of Clinical Information System
The University of California-San Francisco Medical Center will spend $50 million during the next two years to upgrade its clinical information system as part of an effort to improve patient care, efficiency and safety, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The new system will include clinical information retrieval, upgraded pharmacy and emergency department documentation and computerized physician order entry. UCSF officials hope to reduce errors during the installation of the CPOE component by including many clinicians and staff members in the planning and implementation process. The hospital expects to introduce the new system next summer and have it fully installed by spring 2006, Dr. Michael Blum, medical director of information technology for UCSF, said (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 2/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.