Study: CPOE is Still Hospitals' Largest Barrier to Meaningful Use

Implementing computerized provider order entry systems continues to be a major barrier for hospitals in meeting federal health information technology incentives, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Christopher Harle, PhD, assistant professor in the department of health services research, management and policy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, conducted a study with 2,475 hospitals, 313 of which received meaningful use payments in 2011. According to his findings, hospitals that reported CPOE as a challenge were 18 percent less likely to receive a 2011 meaningful use payment compared to hospitals that reported other criteria as challenges.

According to the study, CPOE was the main challenge among hospitals that failed to achieve meaningful use in 2010 as well.

Due to the similarity in challenges over two years, Dr. Harle recommends that policy makes and stakeholders consider strategies that maintain critical elements of meaningful use while supporting hospitals that desire to achieve meaningful use but face various technological barriers, according to the study.

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