Computerized physician order entry, which topped the project lists of healthcare information executives a year ago, fell back to earth as one important application among many, according to an annual survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Half of the 307 respondents to this year's survey said order entry systems were among the most important applications to obtain during the next two years, compared with 64% of respondents a year ago. Indeed, order entry systems were outranked this year by three other applications -- bar-coded medication management, electronic medical records and clinical information systems -- each being noted as important applications by 52% of respondents. The change reflects the realization by chief information officers that successful implementation of computerized physician order entry depends on the culmination of many other projects to capture a range of prerequisite data and build necessary infrastructure, said David Garets, HIMSS chairman and executive vice president of Healthlink, Houston. "Folks realized they've got a whole lot that they need to do before (order entry systems)," Garets said. -- by John Morrissey
Order entry systems drop among IT execs' priorities
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