Indications are there has been "a significant jump" in the implementation of computerized physician order-entry systems at hospitals of members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, based on recently released results of a member survey.
That observation is drawn from a comparison of a survey conducted between April 30 and May 7 this year in which 123 CHIME members responded and a similar survey in September 2005 that drew 126 participants, according to CHIME Director of Communications Anne Wizauer. Participation was solicited by e-mails sent to members as well as a reference to the survey on the CHIME Web site, Wizauer said.
In 2005, one in four survey respondents indicated they had implemented a CPOE system. This year, 49% of respondents said they had CPOE at their facilities. In addition:
- 17% of CHIME members this year indicated they are implementing CPOE systems.
- 18% reported that their hospital is currently in the process of selecting a CPOE system.
- 16% responded that CPOE technology is not applicable to their organization.
Based on comments received from CHIME members during the 2005 survey, change management issues, and most particularly concerns about physician training, workflow interference and ultimately, resistance or acceptance, were widely cited as potential barriers to CPOE implementation. CHIME members this year weren't asked to comment about barriers this year, but the increase in implementations alone, "suggest(s) that physicians are becoming more receptive to the technology," according to Wizauer.