Cerner CPOE Implementation

A Cancer Consortium needed to install CPOE (Computerized Provider Order Entry), ambulatory tools and clinical documentation to all oncology ambulatory clinics and oncology infusion centers. This was a complex project where the Cancer Consortium contracted EHR services from a larger academic institution who owned the Cerner system and vendor relationship. The Ballista Project Manager was responsible for the project scope, governance structure, resource plans, charter, detailed work breakdown schedule, issue management, risk mitigation plans, Cerner technical build, HL7 gap analysis, build and testing, documentation of build, reports and documentation for the academic institution.  In addition there was an oncology infusion center on the academic side implementing Cerner in parallel.


The project consisted of 2 sub-projects:  

  • Implementation of Cerner Outpatient tools and clinical documentation (nursing and provider)

    • Improved oncology ambulatory workflows

    • Improved reporting for quality and compliance

    • Increased integration with Research

  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) for oncology ambulatory clinics and oncology infusion centers

    • Over 350 new Cerner Power Plans built (for inpatient and outpatient)

    • Orders to include medication, supportive care procedures, laboratory and radiology


The project required close collaboration with the Cancer Consortium project management team who were responsible for managing their scope, charter, governance structure, training, communication and operationally cutover over from paper orders to electronic. The Ballista consultant developed the 24/7 technical support model, managing all technical issues to resolution during go live. The project went live with minimal technical issues and a smooth go live for the academic oncology infusion center.