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Rockdale Medical Center IT department honored

Rockdale Medical Center staff, shown here displaying an award they received for outstanding performance, includes, from left, Lori Buckner, Alicia Willard, Teresa Keys, Missi Clark, Laura Hankins, Marvin Maner, Gail Waldo, Pam Fleming, Steve Zuver, Tracey Bailey, Joe Culbertson and Katie Hall.

Rockdale Medical Center staff, shown here displaying an award they received for outstanding performance, includes, from left, Lori Buckner, Alicia Willard, Teresa Keys, Missi Clark, Laura Hankins, Marvin Maner, Gail Waldo, Pam Fleming, Steve Zuver, Tracey Bailey, Joe Culbertson and Katie Hall.

Rockdale Medical Center was recently awarded the LifePoint Hospitals 2012 Information Technology Leadership Award for technological improvements made to enhance patient safety and physician satisfaction.

The award, which was presented at the annual LifePoint Leadership Conference, represents Rockdale Medical Center's efforts to make improvements in technology.

Sean Tuley, senior vice president and chief information officer for LifePoint, presented the award to the Rockdale Medical Center executive team.

"The underlying IT foundation keeps the hospital operating and must be constantly maintained. Strategic improvements in technology at our hospitals can increase efficiency, enhance patient safety, improve services and, over time, reduce costs," Tuley said in a press release.

Technological improvements made at Rockdale Medical Center, such as the Simplified Remote Access program, allow physicians and staff access to the hospital computer systems from outside of the hospital to check patient status and enter orders for patient care.

Automated IV pumps have been installed, and enhance patient safety by reducing the possibility of inaccurate doses of medication being administered to patients.

More departments at Rockdale Medical Center have been given access to computerized physician order entry. CPOE is electronic entry of physician instructions for the treatment of patients. Orders can be placed directly to the department responsible for fulfilling the order (pharmacy, radiology, medical staff, reducing the delay of treatment, as well as errors related to handwriting or transcription.

The IT department continues to improve wireless signals for cellular connectivity, which benefits patients, doctors, visitors and staff.

"Everyone in IT feels extremely honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization where technology is considered a strategic service in supporting initiatives that will have a positive impact on quality of care, physician and employee satisfaction, fiscal responsibility and community outreach," said Gail Waldo, director of information technology at Rockdale Medical Center, in the press release.

Rockdale Medical Center, a 138-bed acute-care hospital located in Conyers, is part of LifePoint Hospitals, a company with over 50 hospitals nationwide.