By next summer, a majority of those who took the sixth annual Modern Physician/PricewaterhouseCoopers information technology survey in July and August expect their physicians will have ties with hospitals that have invested in computerized physician order entry.
And 45% of respondents call patient safety the primary motivation for physicians to embrace CPOE, while the incentive of long-term savings barely registers at 2.8%.
Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center, which includes a 500-bed inpatient facility and an ambulatory surgery center, is one of the many organizations that has made an investment but is nowhere near being done. It plans to go live with CPOE on its Siemens Soarian clinical records system this month.
"We're going to go softly at first, with the expectation that it will be mandatory (for all physicians) within two years," says John Morley, M.D., vice president for medical affairs.
At first, the hospital will require CPOE for the 10 physicians with the most severe handwriting problems, as identified by medical staff leadership, Morley says.
"Order entry allows us to eliminate the handwriting issue."
Eventually, though, Morley says CPOE will be cost-effective because it can save time and reduce payer denials. "We think we will see a return."