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J Oncol Pract. 2012 Sep;8(5):262-6. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2011.000499. Epub 2012 May 15.

Development and implementation of a computerized system for collection, processing, and administration of cellular therapy products.

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Partners Healthcare Information Services, Charlestown, MA 02129-2000, USA.


Great strides have been made in computerization of ordering processes for general medications and chemotherapy agents. However, systems for ordering, processing, and administration of cellular therapies continue to be largely paper-based, without the safety features of computerized order entry. To address this deficit, Partners Healthcare System Information Services (PHS-IS; Boston, MA) has worked with oncologists and staff in the cell processing laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) to develop and implement a novel, comprehensive computerized system for physician ordering and management of cellular products. A multidisciplinary team was formed to accomplish the task of developing a cellular product management system. This team identified the unique characteristics of cellular therapies and sought to develop a comprehensive computerized system that addressed these needs. The biotherapy order entry system developed and implemented by PHS-IS includes a suite of three interrelated applications that addresses all requirements of a traditional computerized provider order entry system, as well as features unique to cellular therapies. The biotherapy suite of applications has addressed patient safety concerns, streamlined the ordering of cellular therapy products, and has reduced opportunities for error and delay in product administration.

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