Danbury Hospital continues to make advances in information technology that improve patient safety and hasten the delivery of care, including the implementation of a closed-loop medication administration system and the automation of the Electronic Medication Administration Record. This key initiative involving information technology, nursing and pharmacy was the integration of a computerized physician order entry system (CPOE), with online pharmacy verification and nursing use of bar coding at the patient bedside. Only 7 percent of hospitals in the country have currently achieved this level of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR), which will maximize point-of-care patient safety processes.
According to Kathy DeMatteo, Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology, Western Connecticut Health Network is preparing for future consolidation of advanced clinical systems by updating the technical infrastructure at New Milford Hospital and connecting to Danbury Hospital through a high-speed network.
While many of these improvements are not visible to patients, they are essential to advancing care throughout the region and for keeping pace with regulatory requirements and healthcare reform. To that end, the network will invest an estimated $10 million in information technology over the next several years.