Community Memorial Health System Deploys PatientKeeper CPOE

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Southern California hospital goes live with physician-friendly order entry software that complements its MEDITECH Client/Server hospital information system.

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PatientKeeper is giving physicians a software tool they are actually happy to use.

PatientKeeper® Inc., the leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians, today announced that Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) in Ventura County, California, has deployed PatientKeeper CPOE™. PatientKeeper’s electronic order entry software initially went live with CMHS’s hospitalists, who attend a majority of inpatient admissions. The health system’s full population of more than 500 physicians will be brought onto the PatientKeeper CPOE system over the next eight months.

Community Memorial is the twenty-first hospital or health system to go live with PatientKeeper CPOE in 2013.

At Community Memorial, CPOE is part of a broader physician workflow automation project, which was driven from the outset by CMHS’s physicians. PatientKeeper was already being used as the primary method for physicians to access clinical results from CMHS’s MEDITECH® Client/Server™ system, PACS system and EKG system on PatientKeeper’s Web-based portal, smartphones and tablets. Next, CMHS will expand its PatientKeeper deployment to include medication reconciliation, electronic physician documentation and sign-out.

“PatientKeeper is giving physicians a software tool they are actually happy to use,” said CMHS Chief Medical Officer Stanley Frochtzwajg, MD. “It’s intuitive, and it’s flexible – we can use it on our phones, or our iPads, or on a PC. Most of our hospitalists required little or no formal training. With PatientKeeper, we finally have software that saves physicians time, rather than costing us time.”

“The fact that PatientKeeper leverages our existing IT investment is critical,” Ronald Sandifer, CMHS’s Chief Information Officer, said. “Because PatientKeeper is integrated with MEDITECH and our other clinical systems, it gives physicians a single place to go to access and act on all their patient information.”

“Community Memorial is showing what can be done when physicians and IT partner as equals,” Paul Brient, PatientKeeper’s president and CEO, said. “They have created an environment in which technology is valued and applied to its maximum advantage as a clinical support system. Providers, patients and the organization as a whole all benefit.”

PatientKeeper CPOE saves physicians time throughout the day by making it easy for them to place orders with just a few clicks or taps. PatientKeeper offers physicians the option of using a smartphone or tablet, as well as laptop and desktop computers. PatientKeeper’s award-winning* native mobile CPOE application helps hospitals eliminate verbal orders and improves physicians’ rounding efficiency. Architecturally, PatientKeeper CPOE sits on top of a hospital’s current IT infrastructure and seamlessly integrates with existing hospital information systems and other departmental systems.

CMHS was established in 2005 when Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura merged with Ojai Valley Community Hospital. The system is comprised of these two hospitals (with a combined total of 350 beds), along with 11 family-practice health centers serving various communities within Ventura County with a total population of approximately 836,000.

About PatientKeeper

PatientKeeper® Inc. is the leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians, and KLAS Research’s 2012 Category Leader in “Clinical Portals/Aggregation”. PatientKeeper’s highly intuitive software streamlines physician workflow to improve productivity and patient care. PatientKeeper’s CPOE, physician documentation, electronic charge capture and other applications run on desktop and laptop computers and popular handheld devices and tablets. PatientKeeper’s software integrates with existing healthcare information systems to create the most effective solution for driving physician adoption of technology, meeting Meaningful Use, and transitioning to ICD-10. For more information about PatientKeeper, which is headquartered near Boston, Mass., visit or call 781-373-6100.

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