Evaluating the Impact of Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems on the Quality, Safety, and Cost of Care in Massachusetts Community Hospitals


Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is one of the technologies at the forefront of efforts to enable health care organizations to provide better care more efficiently. Still, just one of 10 U.S. hospitals have adopted CPOE. Community hospitals, which account for most hospitalizations, face particular difficulties implementing the technology, owing to the substantial capital costs involved. This project will evaluate five community hospitals that recently implemented CPOE under the auspices of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The evaluation will determine how CPOE use has affected quality of care and what savings have accrued to hospitals and payers. With nearly $20 billion allocated in the federal economic stimulus package toward health IT adoption, this study will identify optimal strategies to accelerate adoption of this promising physician tool. This grant will be contingent on cofunding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and from nonprofit organizations or private foundations.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator:
David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 14, 2009

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