STAGE 7 SPOTLIGHT CHOC: Commitment to Advance Pediatric Care

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The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) is committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, this regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state of-the-art 316-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a 54-bed hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo.

CHOC Children’s Hospital began its EMR journey in 2002 and achieved their first EMRAM Stage 7 validation in 2015.  The Hospital’s dedication to patient safety is evident in the acronym chosen for CHOC’s EMR - CUBS - which stands for Connecting Users and Building Safety.

As a part of their most recent EMRAM Stage 7 evaluation, CHOC Children’s wanted to improve the handling and preparation of breastmilk within the hospital setting. The goals were to automate all calculations and use the barcode scanning for positive patient identification, rather than the two-person double check.

CHOC Children’s found that each breastmilk misadministration error would cost anywhere from $500 to $25,500 and could lead to lost revenue if families turned to other organizations for care. All changes were implemented to reduce the risk of human error and to ultimately improve patient safety.