Study: CPOE improves care for heart patients
Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems can improve care for patients with heart disease when they are discharged from a hospital, according to a study published in the March 2006 issue of the American Heart Journal.

The study, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that documentation rates for discharge instructions and smoking cessation counseling increased significantly with the introduction of a CPOE system. For patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), provision of discharge instructions improved from 3 percent to 56 percent. Provision of smoking cessation counseling rose from 1 percent to 43 percent for patients with CHF and from 21 percent to 62 percent for patients recovering from an acute myocardial infarction.