Investigating physician order entry in the field: Lessons learned in a multi-center study

Joan Ash, Paul Gorman, Mary Lavelle, Jason Lyman, Lara Fournier

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The progress of studies by this team of researchers concerning computerized physician order entry (POE), beginning with a mail survey and moving to qualitative multi-center studies, is reviewed, with emphases on lessons learned and future directions. While mail surveys were appropriate to answer initial research questions about diffusion of POE in the U.S., multiple qualitative methods became the methods of choice for answering more complex questions. Results of the latter include articulation of multiple perspectives on both positive and negative aspects of POE and a description of what may be important for successful implementation of POE in the future. The present economic environment of hospitals may be inhibiting widespread diffusion of POE, not only because of the direct cost, but also indirectly by affecting relations with practitioners. Analysis of successful past implementations can provide guidance when the time is right.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2001 - Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1586031945, 9781586031947
StatePublished - 2001
Event10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 2 2005Sep 5 2005

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Attitude to computers
  • Hospital information systems
  • Physician order entry
  • User-computer interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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