Thursday, December 03, 2009

CPOE and performance measure adherence

This study from the American Journal of Medical Quality found that hospitals with full implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) had higher rates of adherence to some Medicare performance measures. In a recent post I noted a study that failed to link performance measure adherence to the use of EMRs, but that study looked at hospitals with various levels of EMR adoption and not specifically at hospitals with complete CPOE implementation.

I doubt whether the modest improvement in adherence noted in this study will translate into better outcomes, although the results offer a hint that perhaps CPOE could be leveraged to bring about real quality improvement.

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