Adoption of CPOE increasing but should be higher, says research group

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A study that was conducted by research analytics organization KLAS Research indicates that although more hospitals are implementing computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, adoption rates should be higher, according to Information Week.

The report, titled CPOE 2011: The ARRA Effect, compiles data gathered from hospitals across the U.S. during the past three years in order to examine the rate at which healthcare facilities introduced CPOE functionality as part of medical informatics networks. Despite increasing levels of adoption, many hospitals are failing to address the issue of investing in CPOE systems.

“For folks that are not yet on their way with CPOE, the biggest challenge is being able to get in line with their vendors and getting their internal resources and expectations in line to get everything done in the next few years,” said Colin Buckley, strategic operations manager with KLAS Research and co-author of the report, as quoted by Healthcare Informatics.

CPOE standards under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use financial incentive guidelines are relatively low in comparison to other medical informatics functionality requirements. Healthcare facilities can demonstrate use of CPOE systems as part of the CMS meaningful use program by using the technology to enter patient data into an existing clinical informatics network, according to the official CMS website. In order to meet the requirements, the information must be entered into the system by a licensed healthcare professional.

“Just over 20 percent of hospitals in the U.S. were live on CPOE as of the end of 2010 and today it’s probably between 20 to 25 percent,” said Buckley as quoted by Information Week. “That means you’ve got thousands of hospitals out there that aren’t live on CPOE and the majority of those need to be. They don’t want to be impacted by meaningful use penalties.”

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