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Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

Leapfrog Group released the initial results of its survey on patient safety (1/17/02). Of 497 urban hospitals in six regions (Atlanta, California, East Tennessee, Minnesota, St. Louis, and Seattle-Tacoma-Everett), 241 hospitals (or 48 percent) responded to the survey on computerized physician order entry (CPOE), specialist staffing in the intensive care unit, and evidence-based hospital referrals. According to the survey, 3.3 percent of responding hospitals have implemented CPOE and an additional 30 percent plan to do so by 2004.

CPOE is also addressed in other recent reports. The American Hospital Association's report, The Challenge of Assessing Patient Safety in America's Hospitals, notes that although CPOE with computerized decision support holds much promise for improving patient safety, there is not yet sufficient evidence to establish CPOE as a standard of care. The Leapfrog Group's CPOE: A Look at the Vendor Marketplace and Getting Started provides information to help hospital decision makers organize a CPOE effort and launch a search for an appropriate CPOE solution

Publications that describe and plan for CPOE as part of an overall strategy are available by downloading the following:

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