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Physicians play vital role in content design for new system

Cedars-Sinai physicians continue to play a vital role in shaping the design of the CS-Link system. To date, physicians have contributed to CS-Link's clinical content development in two complementary ways: Clinical Content Taskforces and Clinical Detailed Design Sessions (DDS).

Organized by specialties, the Clinical Content Taskforces - also known as "waves" - evaluate and design the system's clinical content as it relates to the day-to-day clinical workflow. Physician clinical content taskforces are focused on the development of Specialty Specific Electronic Order Sets (e.g.: General Medicine Admission Order Set) and Physician Clinical Documentation (e.g.: H&P Notes, Progress Notes, Discharge Notes).

The first wave, which convened in November 2008, included Ob/Gyn, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Emergency Medicine.

In January and February, the second wave commencing content design work includes Neonatology, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary, Anesthesia, Gastroenterology, Trauma / Surgical Critical Care and Medical Critical Care.

While Clinical Content Taskforces focus on specialty-driven content, the physicians participating in the Clinical Detailed Design Sessions have provided insight at a multidisciplinary level. During these sessions, which have taken place regularly since July 2008, Cedars-Sinai physicians have collaborated with nurses and clinicians from across the continuum of care to consider specific system developments and workflows. The participants have made recommendations to the six clinical applications - Clinical Documentation, Orders, ASAP Emergency Department, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group Ambulatory, EpicRx and HIM.

To date, physicians have contributed to discussions and recommendations on more than 50 topics, including charting tools, verbal orders and cosigns, advance directive and code status, decision support, general order entry review, Emergency Department physician content and workflows, operating room workflows, and resident and mid-level workflow.

Many of the 1,600-plus recommendations are being reviewed by the Physician Advisory Committee as well as the Medical Staff Oversight Committee prior to going to the Executive Steering Committee.

Following the completion of all 10 Detailed Design Sessions in February 2009, the CS-Link team will conduct an integrated workflow walkthrough.

Dates to know

  • CS-Link Revenue Cycle will launch on March 1, 2009.
  • To help office managers understand these upcoming changes, the CS-Link team is hosting luncheons for office staff on Monday, Feb. 9, and Friday, Feb. 13. Invitations will be sent to every physician office and all office managers are invited to attend.