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CS-Link enhancements coming in early November

For those of you who have been waiting for better or additional CS-Link features, you’ll be happy to know that the latest upgraded version of CS-Link will be installed to production in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 4. You will not, however, see a significant amount of changes to your day-to-day workflows or screens.

Following are just a few of the enhancements that you can look forward to:

  • Frequently placed orders saved and recommended in Order Entry
  • View and edit notes in the sidebar while reviewing other patient information
  • More easily identify prior-to-admission medications requiring review
  • Streamlined transcription authentication process

The CS-Link upgrade will require minimal training. However, so that you know what to expect, we encourage you to stop by the Physician Resource Center (Room 2806 on the Plaza Level of the South Tower) so that a Physician Super User can quickly show you the enhancements. You can view e-Learning modules by going to

The CS-Link changes that will appear the day of the upgrade will lay the foundation for future system enhancements. For example, over the next few months, these foundational changes will support ICD-10 modifications, as well as the upcoming implementation of the Perioperative (Optime) and Radiology (Radiant) applications. The CS-Link team will continue to work closely with physicians, nursing and other clinical and business operations areas to implement these optimization opportunities.

As part of the upgrade process, you will not be able to create new SmartPhrases or edit current SmartPhases starting Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 4. If you attempt to do so, you will get an error message. You will, however, be able to use your current SmartPhrases during this time period.

Finally, this upgrade will require a downtime coordinated to accommodate the daylight saving time change. CS-Link, users will need to log off of the system for approximately four hours beginning at 1 a.m. (PDT) on Nov. 4 and follow downtime procedures.

For more details about what to expect with the CS-Link upgrade, go to and click on the Upgrade tab.