Fewer patient deaths, better outcomes with more e-prescribing

The Stage 1 Meaningful Use standards for computerized physician order entry (CPOE)--or e-prescribing--may reduce the number of deaths from heart failure or heart attack, but applying proposed Stage 2 and 3 standards will improve patient outcomes, writes FierceEMR contributing editor Marla Durben Hirsch. Stage 1 requires hospitals to use CPOE to place medication orders for at least 30 percent of eligible inpatients, which could result in 1.2 percent fewer deaths from heart failure or heart attack, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Stage 2, however, potentially raises that clip to 60 percent, and could lead to 2.1 percent fewer such deaths. --Read the full article at FierceEMR