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An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Development and Implementation of Electronic Treatment Orders in a Medical Oncology Department

Michele E. Gaguski

Hien T. Nguyen

electronic medical record, interdisciplinary team, informatics, chemotherapy
CJON 2016, 20(4), 371-373. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.371-373

This article provides a review of the interdisciplinary approach, implementation methods, and subsequent outcomes of transitioning to an electronic-based chemotherapy and biotherapy ordering system in a community hospital–based ambulatory medical oncology department. The electronic medical record solution system platform that was used in this setting was Cerner PowerChart®, which is certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

At a Glance

  • An interdisciplinary team–based approach is required to attain and maintain the development of evidence-based oncology electronic order templates for chemotherapy and biotherapy regimens.
  • Keeping safety as the cornerstone for chemotherapy ordering allows the cancer care team to leverage the integration of technology and successfully transfer from a paper process to computerized order entry.
  • Continuous assessment and data tracking of the electronic ordering process permits the team to track barriers, accomplishments, and outcomes.
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