With CPOE as a core (and perhaps difficult) requirement for both hospitals and physicians, some of our discussions have questioned the scope of the term. Here's the language frompage 49 of the proposed rule (pages 1854 and 1855 in the federal register):
"We propose to define CPOE as entailing the provider's use of computer assistance to directly enter medical orders (for example, medications, consultations with other providers, laboratory services, imaging studies, and other auxiliary services) from a computer or mobile device. The order is also documented or captured in a digital, strucuted and computable format for use in improving safety and organization. For Stage 1 criteria, we propose that it willnot include the electonic transmittal of that order to the pharmacy, laboratory, ordiagnostic imaging center."
As to who can enter the order, see our post at http://www.everythinghitech.com/everything-hitech/2010/10/what-is-a-licensed-healthcare-professional-for-cpoe.html
Any one have other thoughts?
Jay Fisher | @JayRFisher